MUSIC NEWS: Dinosaur Jr. Release Live Album ‘Emptiness at the Sinclair’
Photo Credit: Cara Totman
Dinosaur Jr. have released their new live album Emptiness at the Sinclair, out now via Jagjaguwar. The album was recorded live at The Sinclair in Boston and features tracks from the band’s latest album Sweep It Into Space, as well as classics including Just Like Heaven, Start Choppin and Freak Scene.
“It was odd going back to Harvard Square for the Sinclair show, lots of closed shops, less car and foot traffic, my first time back in a big-city since it all went down. I had lived in Boston for about 10 years from the late 80’s-90’s and the bustling square was a common destination to look for records and meet with friends. The empty pandemic feel spooked me,” says Lou Barlow.
“Playing for a livestream is like pushing a rock up a hill trying to recreate the vibe of a real show. The isolation of the last year had made me nervous about performing again, especially in the context of Dinosaur Jr. where I typically rely on the energy of our crowd. Playing to an invisible audience and a real-time sparsely populated room of people doing their jobs (running lights, sound and staring at screens) was something different and, again, weird.
“Despite all my lockdown doubts once we started playing things clicked. My mind didn’t highjack me and it quickly began to feel like a real show. Having a few decent gigs on the Sinclair stage before, it began to feel familiar and, for lack of a better word, friendly. It will be much more of a relief to get back on tour but, this Sinclair show was a good band-aid, so to speak.”
You can listen to Emptiness at the Sinclair HERE.
Dinosaur Jr.‘s UK/European tour date are now on sale:
Sun 27th – DUBLIN, IE – Vicar Street
Mon 28th – MANCHESTER, UK – O2 Ritz
Wed 30th – HULL, UK – Asylum
Thu 31st – GLASGOW, UK – QMU
Sat 2nd – LONDON, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
Sun 3rd – AMSTERDAM, NL – Melkweg
Tue 5th – ANTWERP, BE – Trix
Wed 6th – HAMBURG, DE – Markthalle
Thu 7th – COLOGNE, DE – Carlswerk Victoria
Sat 9th – LAUSANNE, CH – Les Docks
Sun 10th – PARIS, FR – La Trabendo
Tue 12th – MUNICH, DE – Muffathalle
Wed 13th – BERLIN, DE – Columbiahalle
You can also see Dinosaur Jr. at Primavera Sound (ES) and Primavera Sound Festival (PT) in June 2022.