Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis: 'We've written from the perspective of a vampire'

Singer and guitarist says band's new album 'I Bet On The Sky' is funkier than their previous material

Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis: 'We've written from the perspective of a vampire'

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Dinosaur Jr's new album features a funk influence and a song about vampires.

The band are set to release their tenth studio album 'I Bet On The Sky' on September 17.
"There's a couple of songs with more of a groove, a little bit mellower, but there’s some heavier stuff on it too," singer J Mascis told NME. "It's funky for us, but not that funky. I like the first song 'Don't Pretend You Didn't Know' the best, that’s one of the funkier numbers, it seemed to come together in a good way."

The ten-track album, recorded at Mascis' house in Massachusetts over four months also features two songs written by bassist and Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow – 'Rude' and 'Recognition'. It also includes the track 'Watch The Corners', a song Mascis claims is "written from the perspective of a vampire. It seems hip at the moment," he said.

'I Bet On Sky' is the third album released by Dinosaur Jr since the trio reformed in 2005. "It still feels like a day-by-day thing," he said, "you never know. I'm ready for it to stop at any moment. It's good to see there's a lot of younger people coming. I noticed people usually think the albums are better than they thought they would be. Some people have said this one reminded them of [1993’s] 'Where You Been', but I'm not sure."

'I Bet On Sky' is released on September 17. The tracklisting is:

'Don't Pretend You Don't Know'
'Watch The Corners'
'Almost Fare'
'Stick A Toe In'
'Rude'
'I Know It Oh So Well'
'Pierce The Morning Rain'
'What Was That'
'Recognition'
'See It On Your Side'


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