Dinosaur Jr. offered another preview of the band’s upcoming album Sweep It Into Space with the new single, “Take It Back”. Sweep It Into Space is out on Friday via Jagjaguwar.
Following the release of the Lou Barlow-penned “Garden“, this latest single finds singer/guitarist J Mascis back at the helm. While the song opens with bright sonic tones compared to “Keith Richards’ Jamaican explorations” in a press release, these quickly give way to a more conventional Dinosaur Jr. tone. What could be construed as a catchy, radio-friendly hook gets ruffed up just the right amount by J’s raspy delivery to give “I Ran Away” a comfortable edge of grit. Meanwhile, the stop-motion animated video by director Callum Scott-Dyson makes some of the lyrics’ straightforward messaging a bit more ambiguous and abstract.
“[I] really wanted to use the creature on the front of the album sleeve for Sweep It Into Space as an inspiration and springboard for its own little adventure, exploring some simple notions of creation, dependence, coming of age and searching for another like yourself,” Scott-Dyson said in a press release. “I wanted to mix those themes with my style of stop motion animation, everything being very DIY and handmade, using any materials I could get my hands on to bring the idea to life and give it a surreal and otherworldly feel. I’ve always been a really big fan of Dinosaur Jr, so I was working extra hard to do something that could add to such an awesome track and sit alongside it.”
Watch the new music video for “Take It Back” below. Sweep It Into Space is out on Friday and available here for pre-order.
Dinosaur Jr. – “Take It Back” (Official Video)
Along with the release of “Take It Back”, Dinosaur Jr. has announced the lineup of special guests for Camp Fuzz II, the band’s fantasy camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY set for July 27–30. This year’s event will welcome Sopranos star Michael Imperioli who will perform a reading from his critically-acclaimed rock and roll novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes. Also on hand for Camp Fuzz II are Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows who will host a stage banter workshop, as well as punk royalty Negative Approach who will perform a concert.
Following Camp Fuzz II, Dinosaur Jr. will kick off a North American tour beginning on September 7th at Théâtre Corona in Montréal, QC. For tickets and a full list of tour dates head to the band’s website.