Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow admits he is not on speaking terms with J. Mascis

The songwriter reveals that he still has a frosty relationship with Mascis

Dinosaur Jr’s Lou Barlow has admitted that he rarely speaks with bandmate J. Mascis.

The two have had a strained relationship since Mascis asked Barlow to leave the group in 1989. Tension between the pair cooled in later years leading to a reunion in 2005 which was followed two years later by the release of their first album as a trio since 1988.

But despite working together again, the relationship between the two appears to have remained frosty.


In an interview with Bandcamp Daily, Barlow revealed that him and Mascis are “not chatting”.

“J. makes me laugh. He’s incredibly dry and has a pretty harsh sense of humor that I enjoy. But we’re not chatting,” he admitted.

“I don’t really have friends in general. I never have. I didn’t go to college and didn’t have friends in high school. I live a very domestic life. My family is the epicenter of my life. Literally everything I do is either write songs and play music, or I’m immersed in my domestic life. I don’t think I’ve ever said, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight and hang out with the guys!’ Music is the glue for my relationship with J. and 90% of the male friends I’ve ever had,” Barlow added.

Drummer Emmett “Murph” Murphy, the third founding member of the group, said that he often has to serve as a mediator.

“It’s so funny, because J. and Lou still rarely talk to each other. Once in a blue moon they’ll send an email, but if we’re going to practice or get together, I’m always the go-between. J. will text me asking, ‘Do you want to see if Lou will do this?’ He rarely will text Lou and vice versa. I’m happy to do it, and basically I have accepted that as my role. It’s funny, because when I’m in the middle of it, it seems deadly serious. Looking back, I’m like, ‘That’s a total Spinal Tap moment’,” Murphy said.

Dinosaur Jr. will release their new album ‘Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not’ tomorrow (August 5).


NME’s Stuart Huggett gave the album 3 stars, writing: “Despite its dips, there are plenty of strong reasons here to keep Dinosaur Jr from extinction”. Read the full review here.

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