Dinosaur Jr. return with new single ‘Hold Unknown’

It's been two years since we last had new Dinosaur Jr. music

Dinosaur Jr. have returned with new single ‘Hold Unknown’ – their first new material in two years.

The rocketing track finds the J Mascis-fronted group on riotous form, thrashing guitars paving the way for Mascis’ iconic yelps. Taken from Adult Swim’s singles series, it’s the first release from the band since 2016 album ‘Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not’.

Dinosaur Jr play a bunch of UK dates later this month – those are as follows:


March 21 – SWX Bristol
March 22 – SUB89 : Reading
March 23 – Roundhouse – London
March 24 – The Albert Hall – Manchester
March 26 – Plug – Sheffield
March 27 – Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen- Leeds

Stream Dinosaur Jr.’s ‘Hold Unknown’ single below.

Around the time of that 2016 release, Dinosaur Jr’s Lou Barlow admitted that he rarely speaks with bandmate J. Mascis.

“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.