The Dinosuar Jr original trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph are back together and released their first studio album in 18 years on April 30th.
This week sees the release of single 'Been There All The Time', accompanied by a great video directed by their old buddy Matt Dillon. They've also just announced some live dates...
June 26 in London at Scala
June 27 in Amsterdam at Paradiso
June 28 in Fribourg at Fri-Son
June 30 in Berlin at Paradiso
Dinosaur Jr released a single on April 23rd 2007. “Been There All The Time” and is available on a limited quantity of 7” vinyl, and as a download. The b-side is “Back to Your Heart”.
“Been There All The Time” was written by J. Mascis and “Back To Your Heart” was written by Lou Barlow. Both tracks were recorded at J Mascis’s Bisquiteen Studios and are taken from the band’s forthcoming album “Beyond”
After recording three albums, “Dinosaur”, “Bug” and “You’re Living All Over Me” Dinosaur Jr. single-handedly moved the indie scene from the rigid ideology and rapid fire bursts of hardcore and post-punk into a new era of introspective yet no less powerful expression. After the release of “Bug” the original trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph imploded.
Fast forward to 2005: a tentative reunion was undertaken to support the re-issues; a TV show here, a club appearance and some Japanese dates there. In the 16 years since the band had toured a lot had changed. The mix of influences and the sheer volume of the music were no longer a semiotic problem for fans, the band members had grown up and become stronger songwriters. The band curated their own day at All Tomorrow’s Parties in May 06, and then appeared again at the Thurston Moore curated event in December, where they had to play two sets to accommodate the number of people that wanted to see them. “It was almost like they’d been reborn as a hardcore band” says Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth).