No sane person would ever have bet on Dinosaur Jr getting back together.
So when in 2005 terminal slacker J Mascis announced the original line-up were to return to the freak scene it was a tad shocking. Of course any band reforming has to have a DVD release to chronicle their comeback and so here is Live In The Middle East. No, not the band involving themselves with Iraq, but playing The Middle East in their hometown Boston.
What’s different about this live DVD is that no effort has gone into flashy camera moves; instead the camera is down there, front row with the crowd. You can practically smell the sweat. For most bands this wouldn’t work but it suits Dinosaur Jr’s feedback drenched grunge perfectly.
The set dips into most albums, standout tracks being ‘Forget The Swan’ and The Cure cover ‘Just Like Heaven’, making this is a fitting release for the band who stood shoulder to shoulder with Pixies and Nirvana.