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Dinosaur Jr. Surprise Release New Live Album 'Emptiness At The Sinclair'

Friday, 29 October 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Cara Totman

Dinosaur Jr. have surprise released a new live album.

'Emptiness At The Sinclair' is out now through Jagjaguwar, and was recorded live at The Sinclair in Boston. It features tracks from 'Sweep It Into Space', released back in April, as well as a cover of The Cure's Just Like Heaven, and favourites such as Start Choppin and Freak Scene. Bassist and vocalist Lou Barlow said:

“It was odd going back to Harvard Square for the Sinclair show, lots of closed shops, less car and foot traffic, my first time back in a big-city since it all went down. I had lived in Boston for about 10 years from the late 80’s-90’s and the bustling square was a common destination to look for records and meet with friends. The empty pandemic feel spooked me.

"Playing for a livestream is like pushing a rock up a hill trying to recreate the vibe of a real show. The isolation of the last year had made me nervous about performing again, especially in the context of Dinosaur Jr. where I typically rely on the energy of our crowd. Playing to an invisible audience and a real-time sparsely populated room of people doing their jobs (running lights, sound and staring at screens) was something different and, again, weird.

"Despite all my lockdown doubts once we started playing things clicked. My mind didn’t highjack me and it quickly began to feel like a real show. Having a few decent gigs on the Sinclair stage before, it began to feel familiar and, for lack of a better word, friendly.  It will be much more of a relief to get back on tour but, this Sinclair show was a good band-aid, so to speak.“

The Massachusetts alt-rock legends will tour the UK and Europe next spring. The trek will include shows in Dublin, Manchester, Hull, Glasgow and London, where they'll hit the O2 Academy Brixton on April 2.

Dinosaur Jr Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun March 27 2022 - DUBLIN Vicar St
Mon March 28 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Wed March 30 2022 - HULL Asylum - Hull University Union
Thu March 31 2022 - GLASGOW QMU
Sat April 02 2022 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Sun April 03 2022 - AMSTERDAM Melkweg (Netherlands)
Tue April 05 2022 - ANTWERP Trix (Belgium)
Wed April 06 2022 - HAMBURG Markthalle (Germany)
Thu April 07 2022 - COLOGNE Carlswerk Victoria (Germany)
Sat April 09 2022 - LAUSANNE Les Docks (Switzerland)
Sun April 10 2022 - PARIS La Trabendo (France)
Tue April 12 2022 - MUNICH Muffathalle (Germany)
Wed April 13 2022 - BERLIN Columbiahalle (Germany)

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