Dinosaur Jr announce new album, UK dates

Feature by News Team | 24 May 2016
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The veteran trio unveiled new track Tiny in a world exclusive performance on Later... with Jools Holland

Indie rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr return with their 11th studio album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not on 5 August. Their first offering since 2012's relatively laid-back I Bet On Sky will be followed by an extensive tour, including dates in Europe and the UK, and a busy festival schedule.

The band announced the release alongside a performance of the album's first single Tiny on TV's long-running music showcase Later…with Jools Holland on Tuesday 24 May, billed as "a stunning reminder of all the things that continue to make Dinosaur Jr great."  Bolstered by a typically molten solo from singer/guitarist J Mascis – engaging in electric sounds once more following his acoustic album Tied to a Star in 2014 – it's an upbeat and energetic return to the fray. Watch the performance below:

Originally formed as Dinosaur in Amherst, Massachussetts in 1984, the founding trio of Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph swiftly carved out an idiosyncratic niche for themselves by merging the power and volume of hardcore punk with the textures of British post-punk and the dynamics of their beloved classic rock. Best exemplified by their signature song Freak Scene, and the classic 1987 album You're Living All Over Me, the band laid out a template for much of the 90s alternative rock scene before fracturing acrimoniously in 1989. Mascis would go on to lead a different line-up of the band to chart success before forming The Fog at the turn of the millennium, while Barlow went on to varying degrees of success with The Folk Implosion and the cult indie rock trio Sebadoh.

The original line-up of Dinosaur Jr unexpectedly reunited for live appearances in 2005, going on to make the well-received albums Beyond (2007) and Farm (2009). Read our 2014 interview with J Mascis here.

Watch the band's long-term friend Henry Rollins enthusing about Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not below, and read the album tracklist after the jump, with tour dates.

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not tracklist

1. Goin Down
2. Tiny
3. Be A Part
4. I Told Everyone
5. Love Is...
6. Good To Know
7. I Walk For Miles
8. Lost All Day
9. Knocked Around
10. Mirror
11. Left/Right

UK tour dates plus European festival appearances

4 Nov – Rollingstone Weekender, Kiel
12 Nov – Le Guess Who?, Utrecht
14 Nov – Motion, Bristol
15 Nov – Vicar Street, Dublin
17 Nov – ABC1, Glasgow
18 Nov – Forum, London
19 Nov – Albert Hall, Manchester

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not is released via Jagjaguwar on 5 Aug