Dinosaur Jr. Tear It Up For A Sold Out Crowd At Arch Street

by Categorized: Uncategorized Date:
Dinosaur Jr. frontman and guitarist J. Mascus shredded with precision, despite an unenthusiastic demeanor. (Nick Caito)

Dinosaur Jr. frontman and guitarist J. Mascus shredded with precision, despite what seemed to be an unenthusiastic demeanor. (Nick Caito)

A while back, a friend of mine went out to a Dinosaur Jr. show. He said it was literally the loudest thing he ever heard. So loud, in fact, that he developed a case of tinnitus.

It was a good lesson: no matter how un-cool you may think wearing earplugs or stuffing cotton in your ears is, hearing loss is even less cool.

While the sound system at Arch Street Tavern may not have screamed as brutally as the one that busted his ear (I, like many others, also came prepared with earplugs), it was certainly loud enough to leave some ringing. And to wake the dead with skull crunching fury.

Lou Barlow took lead vocal duties on "Watch The Corners" from Dinosaur Jr.'s latest album. (Nick Caito)

Lou Barlow took lead vocal duties on “Watch The Corners” from Dinosaur Jr.’s latest album. (Nick Caito)

The set ripped open with “The Lung” off the 1987 album “You’re Living All Over Me,” and continued a weave through their entire musical catalog. There were some songs from the band’s latest effort, including a rendition of “Watch The Corners” that featured bassist Lou Barlow on primary vocal duties.

The stage presences of Barlow and guitarist J. Mascus was a study in opposites. While tearing into his solos, Mascus looked almost bored with the effortlessness of his precision. Meanwhile Barlow spent the set pounding against his low hanging bass, swinging his long curly locks and holding the instrument aloft like a sacrifice.

Barlow took to the mic a few times between songs to hype up the crowd with calls out to towns in Connecticut and the Pioneer Valley.

J. Mascus solos in front of a wall of Marshall half stacks. (Nick Caito)

J. Mascus solos in front of a wall of Marshall half stacks. (Nick Caito)

As if the group’s intensity wasn’t enough, the regular set closer of “Forget The Swan” was taken from a 5 minute song to a 15-plus minute exercise in soloing, with Mascus crunching out all manner of riffage.

While his shredding and chord bending progressed it seemed as though Mascus was mumbling. Perhaps he was counting bars, mumbling to himself, or even whispering incantations of rock fury to his well-worn Fender Jazz Master.

After the insanity of “Swan,” the group came back out for their cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” which blended into a dripping “Sludgefeast.”

Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow tore through the set with a physical intensity. (Nick Caito)

Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow tore through the set with a physical intensity. (Nick Caito)

Set List:

The Lung
No Bones
Come With Me
In A Jar
I’ve Been Waiting For You
Watch The Corners
Rude
Feel The Pain
Out There
Budge
Start Choppin’
Training Ground
Freak Scene
Forget The Swan
Just Like Heaven
Sludgefeast

The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on courant.com articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.

7 thoughts on “Dinosaur Jr. Tear It Up For A Sold Out Crowd At Arch Street

    1. James

      Yeah, Lou sings lead on “Rude”, “Training Ground” and half of “Forget the Swan”, not “Watch the Corners”.

  1. James

    They didn’t play “I’ve Been Waiting For You”, they played “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know”. On the setlist it was listed as “Waiting”. Also, “Come With Me” is actually called “Almost Fare”. I assume that “Waiting” and “Come With Me” are the working titles to those two songs.

  2. James

    The setlist at the show had “Feel the Pain” listed before “Out There” but I very clearly remember that they played “Out There” before “Feel the Pain”. I’m 100% certain of that. I remember it so perfectly because that was the only time during the show they deviated from the setlist.

  3. James

    Hey Nick, do you have anymore pictures from the show? By the way, I was the guy up front that you talked to about earplugs and My Bloody Valentine. It was nice meeting you!

  4. Dave

    People really care too much about set lists now, don’t they? Ten years ago nobody gave a crap, now every blog has to post the set list for every show.

Comments are closed.