Thursday, April 30th, 2009 | musiX
I have no idea what that headline means … I just liked how it sounded. I’m definitely not insinuating that Dinosaur Jr. is kicking back on Farm, the band’s upcoming platter (out June 23 on Jagjaguwar). I have a good feeling about it, actually.
The band just released the first single “I Want You To Know” and … well, it sounds like Dinosaur Jr. Crisp, crunchy guitars, ratatat drums and an unabashed, ripping lead by J Mascis. It’s extra special because all of the pieces are again in place—Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph, who formed Dinosaur in 1985 (the Jr. was added in 1987 for legal reasons).
Of course, Barlow left in 1989, slinging insults at Mascis though his songs in Sebadoh, while Mascis kept Dinosaur Jr. afloat in one form or another through the grungy ’90s (“another” usually being himself). After an acrimonious decade apart Mascis and Barlow started making nice in the early-oughts. In 2007, Mascis, Barlow and Murph recorded Beyond, a return to form. Now the rhythm monster rumbles on, outdated (or are they?) glasses and all. Does this officially mean all is still right in the world?
“I Want You To Know” – Dinosaur Jr.