Dinosaur Jr. formed in 1984 after J. Mascis and Lou Barlow’s hardcore band, Deep Wound, called it quits. While Dinosaur Jr., for the most part, deviates from their blisteringly fast predecessor, they aren’t an ordinary indie band. Instead, they’re a trio that has thoughtfully utilized their experiences with music of all kinds to write genre-bending records spanning the course of decades. Taking influences from Neil Young, the Replacements, and even the Birthday Party, Dinosaur Jr. effortlessly unites bandleader Mascis’s heavily distorted, but bright and bittersweet, style of guitar playing with Barlow’s driving, thumping Ramones-esque bass lines to create a captivating, yet intentionally imperfect sound. The stellar dynamic between Mascis and Barlow, who spent nearly 16 years away from Dinosaur Jr. to front Sebadoh, is the subtle secret ingredient the band has used to create what Mascis once eloquently coined “ear-bleeding country.” Not only that, but the perpetually hair-in-face Mascis has never been one to bask in critical or audience praise, admitting in 2005 that, for a while, “most people thought we sucked.” In 2017, Dinosaur Jr. continues to accidentally and shambolically prove those people wrong.
with Easy Action | 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-648-8363 | thebeacham.com