Blog J Mascis @ Factory Theatre

J Mascis @ Factory Theatre

Posted March 1, 2019, 8:52 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

J Mascis

Factory Theatre

Sydney, Australia

March 1, 2019

Dinosaur Jr. is one of those trios the mere mention of elicits goose bumps from folks devotedly invested in independent music.

While the distortion riddled mothership can turn up the volume quite a bit when it comes to dishing out riffage of gargantuan proportions, the solo explorations of their driving force, i.e. J Mascis, are channelled in more relaxed and laid-back acoustic waters. J Mascis’ sophisticated song-writing craftmanship shines through each of his refined folk-rock tunes, even more because of the deliberately low-key acoustic arrangements.

Incarnating in a live environment, J Mascis instantaneously evokes a tangible and soothing intimacy. It feels like every note coming from the man is meant to sound exactly the way it does and results from a long genesis that he has labourated about.

Distress and heartache might have always been key ingredients of Dinosaur Jr’s oeuvre, but it hardly felt rawer than tonight. While there is an overarching coherent red thread, each song feels like a plaintive microcosm of its own contributing to a whole that is much bigger than merely the sum of its visible constituents.

Stripped back in nature, the precision with which Mascis operates becomes prevalent and the way he picks and plucks, which is at times still framed by a bit of distortion, is a sight to behold.

For the ones who would not guess it or have not witnessed Mascis in the flesh, stage banter is certainly not his forte and it does not have to be as the music speaks for itself.

A memorable and immensely enjoyable apart from the fact that I will never not be delighted to witness one of the original members of one of my favourite bands ever, i.e. Deep Wound, secretly hoping to witness again what happened in 2004 after a Mascis gig when a song of their Radiobeat vinyl 7” from 1983 was performed as an unexpected encore.

---

Image courtesy of Feel Presents

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life - KI NO BI gin

Posted by T
July 17, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Water of Life - KI NO BI gin   Gin has experienced a renaissance and celebration the extent of which is yet to subside. Craft and micro distilleries are popping ... read more

Aesthetics Equals Politics book review

Posted by T
July 15, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses across Art, Architecture, and Philosophy The MIT Press   There are a range of quotes that came to mind from the title along, e.g. Paul ... read more

Zirk! Circus @ Moore Park

Posted by T
July 12, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

ZIRK! CIRCUS SYDNEY OPENING NIGHT Moore Park Sydney, Australia July 6, 2019 As the Colombian sculptor and figurative artists Fernando Botero put it oh so eloquently: “ The circus allows ... read more

Water of Life – Amrut Naarangi and Kadhambam

Posted by T
July 10, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Water of Life – Amrut Naarangi and Kadhambam   I have always had a weak spot for sludge metal from New Orleans and Down’s “Bury me in smoke” is a ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Edge Brewing Project

Posted by T
July 9, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Edge Brewing Project   There seems to be a newer ending influx of newly established breweries dabbling in the creation of craft beers with ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.