The mere fact Dinosaur Jr. is still around after some thirty years, not to mention creating some of the best music of their career, is nothing short of a miracle. Given their tumultuous interpersonal history and struggles within the wake of the grunge explosion, lesser bands would be easily forgiven for packing in. And yet they continue on unabated, further refining a formula established more than twenty years ago.
Following 2012’s I Bet On Sky and several J Mascis solo ventures and a handful Lou Barlow/Sebadoh reissues, Dinosaur Jr. have returned with their first single off their forthcoming release, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar), out August 5th. As has come to be expected from Dinosaur Jr., “Tiny” features the usual assortment of heavy guitars, searing solos and Mascis’ inimitably laidback delivery. In this, they continue a strict adherence to the tried and true Dinosaur Jr. formula rather than looking to push the bounds of their sound.
But after embarking on such a triumphant second act, this continued level of consistency and quality of material remains a satisfying listen. In essence, “Tiny” offers all of the best elements of what listeners have come to expect from the band with a strong hook helping to make it one of their most immediately accessible and memorable recent singles. Whether or not Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not follows suit will remain to be seem, but in the meantime take in Mascis’ scorching, strained-note solo in all its fuzzed out glory.
Check out their performance of “Tiny” on The Late Show With Jools Holland below: