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Channeling our inner rock souls of the ‘80s & '90s Skullcandy is stoked to welcome alternative rock group Dinosaur Jr. to the fam. Formed in the mid ‘80s by singer, songwriter and guitarist J. Masics, Dinosaur Jr. is largely responsible for returning lead guitar to indie-rock. The band balances their sound with a mix of late-‘80s alternative rock and pure guitar noise and to celebrate our new family members, J will be playing a free solo show at Amoeba Records Hollywood on Sunday July 14th at 5pm. We'll also be releasing our first collaborative project with the band that day.
Beginning with a local following in Amherst, Massachusetts the trio released their debut album Dinosaur in 1985. The record and the group's crushingly loud concerts developed a cult following over the next year.
On their early records, Dinosaur lurched forward, taking weird detours into free-form noise and melodic soloing before the songs were brought back into relief by Mascis' laconic whine. As the group's career progressed, it turned into a vehicle for lead singer J Mascis' songwriting and playing, which had the ultimate result of turning Dinosaur's albums into largely similar affairs. Mascis soon began to shed his hardcore punk roots to reveal himself to be disciple of Neil Young, crafting simple songs that delivered a crushing volume and were spiked with shards of feedback.
SST Records laid the foundation for alternative rock's commercial breakthrough in the early '90s. After numerous record releases and a change in sound in the fall of 1995, Mascis launched his first solo acoustic tour in support of his first official solo album, Martin & Me. Upon its spring 1997 release, Hand It Over was hailed as Mascis' best album in years. By the late '90s, Mascis decided to break up Dinosaur Jr. and launch a solo career.
Lucky for us in 2005 Mascis announced the original band would be reuniting for a short tour. Subsequently, they began a worldwide tour and announced plans to work on material for a new album, which surfaced in 2007 in the form of Beyond. The reunion stuck, and the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr. eventually released Farm in 2009, and I Bet on Sky in 2012. Watch out for these guys on tour this summer and check back for exclusive downloads from their upcoming record.
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