Birkenhead film screening a tribute to cult band Dinosaur Jr

DINOSAUR Jr are often referred to as one of the most influential bands in American rock history and Birkenhead’s Future Yard concert venue presents the perfect opportunity to find out why this weekend.

In partnership with Doc n’ Roll, a female-led film agency that sets up and champions fringe voices in the music industry, the venue presents a special screening of “FREAKSCENE: The Story of Dinosaur Jr” followed a question-and-answer session with the leader of the group. J Mascis and a post-event DJ session.

The film is a tribute to the band that formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984 and became one of the formative influences of American alternative rock, inspiring Nirvana and Sonic Youth and spearheading the “Grunge” movement that was to its peak in the early 1990s.

The documentary movingly tells the story of eloquent and eccentric guitarist and bandleader Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph as they rise from underground cult heroes to smash hits across the US and in the UK where artists like debut single Freak Scene and their cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven have become staples of indie disco for an entire generation.

Creative tension in the band led Mascis to fire Barlow, who went on to form Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, with his replacement Mike Johnson joining as Dinosaur Jr’s success peaked in the early 90s with hit albums like Green Mind and Where You Been and the single Start Choppin. ‘, which reached the UK top 20 in 1993.

Murph eventually quit, with Mascis taking over drum duties on the band’s albums before the band disbanded in 1997. The original line-up reformed in 2005, releasing five albums thereafter and the film charts the often painful reconstruction of the trio’s dysfunctional relationships.

The film captures the band’s first-hand accounts of their 37-year rollercoaster career, with the film also featuring live archive footage as well as new interviews with some of their peers and celebrity fans, including Kim Gordon, Henry Rollins, Bob Mold and Thurston Moore. .

The film is screened at Future Yard, Argyle Street, Birkenhead from 6pm on Saturday 22nd January.

n Tickets available at futureyard.org

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