Can Dinosaur Jr. do anything wrong? Probably, but that’s why we love ’em. They’re fuck ups. They’re slackers. They’re pushing 50. But they’re still relevant in the indie community and when it boils down to it, every 20-something American aspires to be like them. Though given their knock-out of a tour and their highly anticipated upcoming album, J. Mascis isn’t necessarily sleeping on the couch these days, despite his shaggy demeanor. No, he’s out with his band mates, on the streets, keeping it old school — real old school.
Such is the case with the video for “Over It”, one of the new singles from the group’s forthcoming album, Farm, due out June 23rd. The surprisingly poppy track rolls along with ’90s-styled riffing, sunny distortion, and chummy drum fills. In other words, it’s the typical Dino Jr. anthem, but it’s miles ahead of the sluggish “I Don’t Wanna Go There”, which hit the net a month or so ago. In the video, Mascis and his pals, Lou Barlow and Murph, dust off their skateboards and BMX bikes and take advantage of the lone and desolate city streets of everywhere they’ve toured. Maybe it’s really Mascis completing those ollies and kickflips, maybe it’s not — either way, it’s preeeeetty cool. What’s great is that the whole thing carries this youthful nostalgia that’s always been a part of the band’s music. It brings listeners back to days when it wasn’t all about Facebook, or MySpace, or reality television…it was about hitting the sidewalks, the roads and the empty business districts on weekends and making the best of it. For that, they succeed big time.
We can’t visit the Farm ’til the 23rd, but already the band’s been unveiling tracks via their MySpace. From the sounds of it, this baby might go beyond, well, 2007’s Beyond. If you need some convincing, do listen to “Pieces”, easily one of the better songs released this year. It’s a charmer!