July 10, 2005 at 1:48 pm #48142
Pleasing interview with Murph, the pics look familiar…
The Return of Dinosaur Jr.
By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni
The firing of Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. has to rank among rock historyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all-time worst passive-aggressive moves (right up there with Frank BlackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s breaking up the Pixies without telling his bandmates first), but it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily come out of nowhere. The scale of the Massachusetts trioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highly publicized interpersonal difficulties also rivals some of the greatest bands that couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t relate, such as the Who, Police, Black Sabbath and JaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Addiction. (Barlow would go on to found Sebadoh.)
To tie in with the reissue of the first three Dinosaur Jr. albums, however, the original lineup is once again rearing its noisy head on the concert trail. Now, 20 years after DinosaurÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s debut, listeners can review the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s distinct blend of muscular punk heaviness and fraying, vaguely folkish tonality. Long hard to find, the reissues come with extensive liner notes and peer commentary. Aware of principle songwriter J. MascisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ tendency to be tight-lipped and lethargic to the point of seeming comatose, we at Noize felt fortunate to speak in depth with drummer Patrick Ã¢â‚¬Å“MurphÃ¢â‚¬? Murphy, undeniably Dinosaur Jr.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s most outgoing, expressive member.
Noize: In 1993, you told Spin that Ã¢â‚¬Å“itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an awkward situation to sit down with somebody and realize that musically youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really close but socially youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re miles apart.Ã¢â‚¬?
Patrick Murphy: We formed pretty much right after high school. I knew J. in high school and we kind of ran in a similar scene, but we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get along because I was more of a hippie punk. And I was definitely more hippie than punk. Not like Deadhead hippie, just more crunchy. J. was more like Nick Cave and the Birthday Party. [laughs] The two didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really mesh very well. We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really see eye-to-eye on a lot of stuff because of our backgrounds. J. was from Amherst, Lou was from Westdale, which was an older, industrial town. Amherst is a college town. And I moved here into high school from lower Connecticut, outside of New York City. Even though [Lou and J.] were similar, they were just different, and we all three were raised so differently on a certain levelÃ¢â‚¬â€July 10, 2005 at 3:24 pm #110814
That was a great read, thanks for finding it. Does anyone know Pat’s (Murph’s) birthday I have poked around for a few years and been unable to find it. He seems like a very likeable kind of guy.
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