Flip a coin! It was a tough decision to decide between going to PJ Harvey and Dinosaur Jr or both. Thankfully the scheduling gods made it possible to do both but those who are a bit skint had a tough dilemma. Throw in some stormy weather complete with thunder and lightening made for an interesting drive to The Gov.
It was a big, die hard and loyal following that assembled at The Gov to witness Dinosaur Jr play at The Gov albeit muggy as all hell and a tad uncomfortable. That didn’t stop the rock. Nevertheless, Dinosaur Jr despite their constant sound issues played a solid show covering the discography. As a fan it is great to see the original line up of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph have kept things going like a well oiled machine for some four albums since 2007.
There was rumour that Murph might not make the show as his arrival in the country was delayed but thankfully he was there. One thing that we’ve come to expect at a Dinosaur Jr gig isn’t not to expect a lot of interaction or witty banter as the band get straight in to business. There was only a couple times where J Mascis said a couple of things.
Where do you say about a Dinosaur Jr gig? It was loud? It was rockin’? Yep! It would be easy to say that visually they looked tired and were going through the motions but I think that was far from the truth. The sound was powerful aided by a wall of Marshall stacks and the music purists out there would have been in awe watching the contrasting styles of musicianship displayed by the band. Watching Lou Barlow tear up the stage like his life depended on it was a real treat.
There were so many good songs right from the opener The Lung to Goin’ Down to recent single Tiny which brings a smile because all I think about is the film clip with J Mascis cruising around on his skate board. All the favourites were there with likes of Get Me, Feel The Pain to the more poppy rock numbers such as Start Chopping and Freak Scene going down well and receiving a very vocal applause of appreciation. It was great to hear new tunes such as Knocked Around, Love Is… and I Walk For Miles off 2016’s Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not.
The encore was worth hanging around just to hear two songs from their second album You’re Living All Over Me (1987) with In A Jar and Sludgefeast bringing the night to a perfect close. There’s plenty of life left in Dinosaur Jr, no doubt about that!
Review by Rob Lyon
Goin DownI Told Everyone
Watch The Corners
Feel The Pain
I Walk For Miles
In A Jar
Check out the Dinosaur Jr live photos from the gig.