Dinosaur Jr. emerged as a powerhouse rock ensemble with three bandmates that indirectly changed the face of the East Coast music scene. The Massachusetts rock trio featuring J. Mascis on vocals and guitar, Lou Barlow on bass and Murph on drums came together as bandmates by embracing the sound of rock heroes like Black Sabbath and Neil Young.
The band laid claim to their signature sound through basement jam sessions with the help of acoustic distortion and solid vocals by Mascis. This paved the way for their musical consistency; their high-energy jam sessions can produce new music or provide the right inspiration to hit the road on tour. Mascis' reserved demeanor in one-on-one conversations is part of his personal charisma, one that can be compared to rock legend John Entwistle. Mascis is not fazed by his status as a "guitar god" some fans have bestowed on him. Instead, he prefers to think of himself as a regular person like everyone else, an observer who takes it one day at a time.
There are some unique facts about the band that shed light on their individual perspectives and musical identities. Here are five interesting facts about Dinosaur Jr. that reflect who they are as bandmates.
1. Songwriting comes at the most random times
When it comes to songwriting, J. Mascis says that it can happen when he's not trying to do it. It can happen when he is up late at night watching a TV show. He will pick up his guitar and discover a song in a random moment like that.
2. Deep Wound's rehearsal times would inspire a future drummer
Murph discovered his passion for being a drummer listening to music from all kinds of bands. He was a fan of Mascis and Barlow's previous project Deep Wound and would go to all of the rehearsals and shows. Listening to them inspired him and he eventually joined their next project.
3. They could have been a country punk band
Mascis started out as a drummer before he started writing songs. Forming Dinosaur Jr., he recruited Murph as drummer and asked Barlow to play bass. At first, the idea was to create a country punk band but Dinosaur Jr. evolved from that before finding their original sound.
4. Friends not at first
Mascis, Murph and Barlow joined together based on their common musical interests, not because they were close friends like most other bands. Their focus on the music has allowed them to overcome the personal turmoil that lead to their breakup prior to their 2005 reunion.
5. Liberation is what makes this band tick
As a band, they enjoy the music even more now because they are liberated from the pressure of having to prove something. Dinosaur Jr. has always been focused on the bigger picture.
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