What? What's that? Sorry, I can't hear you, I saw Dinosaur Jr. at St. Andrew's last night. Known for loud, no-frills, straight-ahead pop rock, Dino Jr. roared into Detroit in support of their new album I Bet On Sky.
Reunited in 2005, the original lineup of Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph blasted through an hour set of both old and new material in front of packed house.
No exageration, J Mascis is the loudest guitarist I've ever heard outside of Angus Young. Stoically posed in front of a wall of Marshall stacks, Mascis ripped through nearly 30 years of material with ease and comfort, seemingly ambivalent to the jet engine roar eminating from his guitar. The crowd was enthusiastic yet reserved, letting loose only for classic hits like 90s MTV anthem "Feel The Pain.' The new material including current single, "Watch the Corners" holds up just as well as the classics, giving little indication of a band that was non-existent for almost a decade. The guys still have the chops that made them an underground favorite in the late 80s and seem to have transcended into the mainstream, finally gaining the attention they deserve.