Lou Barlow | 22/07/15

Image: Brace The Wave

Lou Barlow has announced a new solo album, Brace the Wave, due out September 4th via Domino. His first solo release in six years, it comes as a follow-up to 2009's Goodnight Unknown and marks the third release under his own name. You can hear snippets of various album tracks -- along with commentary from Barlow himself -- in a new album trailer streaming below.

The album is currently available for pre-order via iTunes , with a special Dom Mart only version featuring an original Lou Barlow Polaroid "selfie" inserted into the artwork.

Barlow's extensive and celebrated discography includes releases from Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and his first solo endeavour, Sentridoh. Most comfortable writing uncomfortable songs, Brace the Wave finds the songwriter exploring yet another transitional period in his life. Tracks like “Redeemed”," "Wave," and "Moving" employ his early methods of tuning his ukulele down low and writing during the recording process, while album tracks "Lazy" and "C&E" are traditional-style folk songs that he performed live in the studio. The album was recorded in about six days with Justin Pizzoferrato (who also worked on Dinosaur Jr.'s BeyondFarm, and I Bet on Sky) in Easthampton, MA, which Barlow now calls home after seventeen years in LA.

Currently on tour with Dinosaur Jr., Barlow will celebrate the release of Brace the Wave with a string of solo dates kicking off on September 8th in the US and arriving in the UK for a London show at Hoxton Bar And Grill on the 5th of October- see below for a full list of upcoming shows.

Tour Dates:
8/9: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
10/9: Philadelphia, OA @ Johnny Brenda's
11/9: Washington, DC @ DC9
22/9: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
23/9: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
24/9: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
25/9: Pioneertown, CA @ Desert Stars
26/9: Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer (early show)

30/9: Sugarfactory,  Amsterdam

1/10: Doornroosje - Nijmegen

2/10: Trix - Antwerp

4/10: Paris - FMR

5/10: London - Hoxton Bar + Kitchen

Brace the Wave Tracklist:
  1. Redeemed
        2. Nerve
        3. Moving
        4. Pulse
        5. Wave
        6. Lazy
        7. Boundaries
        8. C & E
        9. Repeat