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Review: Dinosaur Jr. @ The Gov


Review: Dinosaur Jr. @ The Gov

Kate Sansome

You know it was a good show when you leave the venue unable to hear, dripping in so much sweat you look like you’ve just taken a dip fully clothed...  Despite that, once again, there was a storm wreaking havoc on Adelaide, as hardcore fans braved the humidity and came out to see influential US rockers, Dinosaur Jr. play The Gov on Thursday night.   

The group, which originally formed in the 1980s, are currently touring the country in support of their eleventh album, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not.  Luckily for Adelaide fans, drummer, Emmett "Murph" Murphy was able to make it to the show, after missing a few of the earlier dates due to redirected flights.  

Supporting the alt-rockers, were Australian indie folk duo, Luluc, who have previously opened for a high calibre of artists, including The National and Father John Misty.  Although, when the duo first came on stage with a crowd super hyped for Dinosaur Jr., it seemed that their folk harmonies were a bit out of place - the crowd’s conversations completely drowning out their delicate, acoustic sound.  As their set progressed, the duo began to draw in the crowd with more brooding vocals and gritty guitars, mixed in amongst their gorgeous harmonies and soft indie-folk sound.

The venue was packed to the brim by the time Dinosaur Jr. were set to come on stage, with sweaty bodies anticipating the permanent ear damage that was sure to come from the large number of amps on stage.  Without any introduction, Dinosaur Jr. leisurely wandered on stage and jumped straight into The Lung.  The group consisted of the original line up of drummer, Murph, bass guitarist, Lou Barlow and lead vocalist and guitarist, J Mascis.  After a quick jam between songs, Dinosaur Jr. then began belting out Goin Down off their most recent album, Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not.  The group were so mesmerising to watch, oozing a level of coolness, unhinged energy and intensity.

The room was quite relaxed until Dinosaur Jr. began to perform Feel The Pain, with a circle pit beginning to form from the excitement, which at first appeared to be a bunch of fans enjoying the music, until one guy started to get quite aggressive and it looked like a fight was about to break out right next to us.  Despite this, everyone else was absolutely frothing over the heavy, distorted fuzz coming out from the speakers.  The crowd had no issues that Dinosaur Jr.’s latest album made up the majority of the set, with Love Is The Law, Knocked Around and I Walk For Miles sitting in amongst old favourites.  It was obvious the absolutely awe and adoration that the crowd had for Dinosaur Jr., especially as they played Start Choppin and Freak Scene.  It was truly an honour to see the musical giants play such a triumphant set, proving that the iconic group are still incredible live twenty years on.

Header image via The Gov