Dinosaur Jr. – Live @ Parades De Coura 14/08/2014

Since reconvening the original JayLouMurph line up, alt-rock heroes Dinosaur Jr. have gone from strength to strength. The first three albums released since the 2007 reunion (‘Beyond’, ‘Farm’ and ‘I Bet On Sky’) are a match for anything the three men recorded at the end of the 80s.

There’s a plethora of live footage of the band out there, but finding stuff in good quality can be a challenge. Finding live recordings will well balanced and even audible vocals is even harder, but this show from the ‘Beyond’ tour is absolutely stellar. The band are sloppy as always, but in great form because of that, never despite it. The balance between the guitar and vocals is perfect and the setlist well chosen.

Aside from the classics and the expected delve into the then new album, there’s even a nod to the Mike Johnson years via hit single ‘Feel The Pain’; the guitar sound at the start of ‘Little Fury Things’ shows the band at their more brutal; the version of ‘Been There All The Time’ is one of the best ever and for those old fans, ‘Tarpit’, ‘Freak Scene’ and ‘The Wagon’ pay homage to the past in style.

Sit back and enjoy.