Dinosaur Jr are often cited as one of the most influential bands in American rock history. You can trace their impact on bands as legendary as Nirvana, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, as well as the slacker and grunge movements as a whole.
A new documentary film, Freakscene – The Story Of Dinosaur Jr, charts the journey of frontman J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph, painting a portrait of a band of cult icons without whom modern rock would be very different.
The movie captures the trio’s first-hand accounts of their rollercoaster 37-year career, while director Philipp Reichenheim takes you along for the ride through archival footage from concerts and music videos, as well as brand-new interviews. It’s not just the band members who help tell the story – some of their peers and famous fans appear too, including Kim Gordon, Henry Rollins, Bob Mould and Thurston Moore.
To celebrate the release of Freakscene – The Story Of Dinosaur Jr, NME is giving away one home studio recording bundle from Focusrite’s iconic Scarlett range, worth £260. In the Scarlett 2i2 bundle, you’ll get a Scarlett 212 interface, a CM25 MkIII condensed microphone, one pair of Hp60 MkIII professional closed-back headphones and all the XLR and USB cables needed to get connected – basically everything you need to record your own tracks at home and follow in Dinosaur Jr’s footsteps.
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Freakscene – The Story Of Dinosaur Jr is out on Oct 1 in UK cinemas