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Dinosaur Jr. reflect on 30 years as one of rock's loudest bands

Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Patrick Murphy discuss the band's career, from its beginnings in Massachusetts to the reunion of its original members.
Dinosaur Jr. members J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

Lou Barlow can still remember the first time he rehearsed with J Mascis and Patrick Murphy. The sonic blast of Mascis's amplifier was so strong, Barlow says it felt like "daggers." 

He adds, "We were scrambling around his parents' house to find toilet paper, to shove in our ears." 

More than three decades later, their band, Dinosaur Jr., is still blowing people away with its music and sheer volume. The band has gone through some variations and breaks, but is now back to its original lineup, something that all three members find some comfort in.   

"We were coming out of our teenage years," Barlow explains, of the band's friction at the time when they began parting ways. "J and I didn't really get along, we didn't have much chemistry.... We still don't but it's all good. To me, it's all about the music."  

Dinosaur Jr.'s latest album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, is out now. For a full list of their upcoming tour dates, head over to their website.

— Produced by Chris Trowbridge

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