Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Any band which refined and defined their sound and attitude over three decades ago is bound to have hit a burn-out/overly familiar factor some many years ago.
But . . .
Although Elsewhere has just written a retrospective piece about this musical idea (as much as a band) helmed by J. Mascis, we have to concede this new one sounds as thrillingly noisy, focused and as concisely realised as anything in that vast back-catalogue.
And from the start -- the stuttering guitar rock of the openers Goin Down and Tiny which nod as much towards AC/DC fans as it does post-grunge rock'n'roll noise -- this one fairly flies out of the cabinets.
Yes, there is the frisson of the familiar alongside the firepower.
But here Mascis and longtime pal-cum-adversary Lou Barlow rack up a bruisingly addictive 45 minutes of raucous pop'n'roll.
These people understand verse-chours/verse-chorus + distortion + volume as much as they do their longtime take on a wired-up version of country-rock (Be A Part) and jangle-pop hot-wired into the overloaded grid (I Told Everyone).
There are breathing spaces amongst the widescreen sonics (Love Is and Left/Right are Barlow's REM-like folk-rock given a nudge into Dino.Cinerama) . . . but the real action happens when this is wound up and wired.
Dinosaur Jr have been a longtime Elsewhere rowdy but melodic pleasure, and this one vindicates that loyalty.
Highly recommended . . . if you have a decent threshold for pop-rock noise at great volume.
Start with posted track, it's Merseybeat pop with Mascis' skew.
Lovin' this one loud.
And most often louderer.
Dinosaur Jr is our New Favourite Band.