Freakscene: The Story Of Dinosaur Jr.: Review

Freakscene: The Story Of Dinosaur Jr.

In the early Nineties, Grunge took off and was embraced by the music industry and soon bands like Nirvana, Sound Garden and Sonic Youth became household names. Then come along Dinosaur Jr., a band whose members comprised of a trio of young men who were nervous about being thrust into the limelight, but their talent was just too good to hold back.

Frontman, J. Mascis was also not your typical singer as although on stage he would bear his soul, off stage he was as quiet and reserved as any man could be. It’s said that while Dinosaur Jr.’s success was on the rise that J. really came out of his shell, but those not familiar with him will wonder in his interviews when he ever went back in.

Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. is a documentary about a band whose influences were punk rock and metal, but their demeanours and a need to pigeon hole their talent meant they often went right into the Grunge category.

Directed by Philipp Virus, J. Mascis’ brother-in-law, the story of Dinosaur Jr. takes them right from their early days at high school right through to the present day when they were still touring. However, as with many band documentaries, there were issues along the way.

Certain band members felt like they were being put into a position where they were being exploited by the industry and where bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam where more well known, Dinosaur Jr. were where the live performances mattered. This is where their story and the documentary shows the band at their best. Because even if you just have a glancing interest in Grunge, the music is where you’ll know the band. This is also where the documentary and their story comes alive.

What you may have known about Dinosaur Jr. on the radio is so different from what you may hear on tour. Their polished radio edits become raw and messy in the best way and that’s what celebrates the band the best.

Moving through their career right up to their 30th anniversary, Freakscene shows a band who have come and gone but have shown that even though making music isn’t fun, it’s the only thing that matters.

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