Released: 29th June 2012
Five years have passed since the unlikely reformation of one of the best underground bands of the 80’s. Dinosaur Jr.’s original lineup of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph fell apart after the release of seminal album Bug back in 1988, but fortunately reformed to play a few live shows in 2005. The success of the live shows and the fact that the original lineup still “had it” eventually brought them back to the studio, leading to the release of 2007’s Beyond, and 2009’s Farm.
Watch The Corners is the first song released to help build anticipation (as if there needed to be any more, I’ve been dying for new Dinosaur Jr. material since 2009.) for the band’s upcoming I Bet On Sky, the tenth album to be added to one of the most consistent discographies of all time. The album will be released on the 18th September via Jagjaguwar Records.
With a chugging introduction, Watch The Corners takes a few seconds before spilling the familiar aspects of Dinosaur Jr.’s sound into the listener’s ear canals. The hugely distorted yet melodic guitar riffs, the solid drums, and of course the patented J Mascis vocal drawls. The production sounds as bright and clear as it did on Farm, making a clear indication that I Bet On Sky is going to be at least as good as it’s predecessor.
Of course the song has to end with a J Mascis solo, and what a great solo it is. It’s quickly followed by a cameo acoustic guitar piece which is a nice nod to J’s Several Shades Of Why, I would love to hear more acoustic guitar incorporated into Dinosaur Jr.’s sound. Watch The Corners is a brilliant song that has certainly helped quench the thirst of fans begging for I Bet On Sky. You can hear Watch The Corners below, as well as a picture of J Mascis looking happy, because that too is wonderful.