Some things just never get old: Free samples, sliced bread, Kevin Bacon jokes... the list goes on. For fans of the late 80s/90s underground rock scene, that list probably includes Massachusetts-bred garage legends, Dinosaur Jr.
Over 30 years into their career (sorry if I just made you feel old), the fuzz-tastic band is still going strong and rocking hard, and in preparation for their 11th album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not,
the band just dropped the single "Goin Down."
Long story short, if you already love Dinosaur Jr., you'll freaking adore this track. Pretty much everything you've come to expect from the band is all wonderfully present and accounted for, from the feedback-laced intro to the fat, fuzzed-out guitar tone to the angsty lyrics about being alienated with literally everything to J Mascis' just-woke-up-from-a-coma vocal delivery. Even while these guys aren't the aimless 20-somethings with guitars and Big Muffs they once were, they still manage to bring the youthful energy and create a chaotic, melodic explosion of guitars and drums. This will definitely feel right at home for anyone who fondly remembers the old underground scene, and is a great place for rock newbies to start and work their way backwards. Yeah sure, the track isn't breaking new ground but come on, this isn't some wannabe pop-punk band that just learned how to play their instruments. This is Dinosaur-freaking-Jr.! They pretty much invented
the underground sound, or at least had a really big part in perfecting it. Change in sound or aesthetic is perfectly fine, but when you're such an influential and respected act as Dinosaur Jr. who is still
together after all these years, you can get away with sticking to what you do best. "Goin Down" is a solid showing from the underground kings, with a sweet riff and punching beat that you'll immediately start head banging to.
Listen to "Goin Down" right here, and Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
is out August 5th. Also check out the record's other single "Tiny" plus an edit of every guitar solo on the upcoming record, "Solo Extractions."