After all these years, J Mascis is still J Mascis
The week the first Dinosaur Jr. album was released, you could have also caught Black Flag at the Newport. Essentially, the band debuted in the music industry equivalent of a million years ago.
Many moons later, the band is not much different. A little grayer, a little more gravelly and a better selection of distortion pedals may be the only real distinctions between the first album and the latest, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.
That bedrock consistency in Dinosaur Jr. has been a source of comfort for many Gen X-ers, many of whom fell in love with the band during its more high-profile major label period back in high school.
Even over the decade Dinosaur Jr. was mothballed, frontman and songwriter J Mascis' output wasn't exactly a far cry from anything he had done before or would do thereafter: laconic, almost somnambulatory vocals atop mid-tempo rock that is as contradictorily laid back as it is raucous.
Mascis' guitar work is the key to what lies beneath the surface of Dinosaur Jr. Mascis is easily the most tasteful and tactful guitar shredder on the planet, never sacrificing a song to show off his chops. That being said, it is often the quiet ones who have the most to say, and as quiet as he is, Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. have said volumes. (Don't miss it)