DINOSAUR JR. + THE SLOTHS @ THE ROXY
Photos and words by Maximilian Ho
Fans of Dinosaur Jr. who preferred to have their ears blown out up close and personal to master shredder J Mascis, drummer Murph and all-the-hair Lou Barlow instead of attending FYF were very happy as they launched into “Watch the Corners” and continued with a stellar setlist as everyone packed in The Roxy. Barlow’s bass lines inspired some moshing, especially for songs such as “Feel The Pain.” Mascis’ guitar playing was infused with plenty of energy and excitement that is rare in today’s music scene, where guitar solos are almost as rare as unicorns. Hardly breaking a sweat, Murph delivered drum roll after drum roll with just as much intensity. When Barlow took on some of the vocals, things got a bit crazy up front as fans went wild.
It’s been a long time since The Sloths played The Roxy but as fate has it they are back and rocking out like the teenagers they once were. We caught them at Lolipalooza and they were one of the more lively sets. Tom McLoughlin showed no signs of slowing down as he crisscrossed the stage while singing and pulling out prop after prop from his chests. Sparks flew when McLoughlin took wires from and extension cord and shorted them. Wild antics included throwing blow-up dolls into the crowd, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask while donning a Home Depot apron, and charming a few of the ladies up front (this happens all the time). In spite of not “making it,” McLoughlin told us this show was a testament to not giving up on their dreams. The boys ended their set playing their timeless song “Makin’ Love” which has been re-released on their new album Back From the Grave. Interestingly (but no surprise), McLoughlin happens to be the director of Friday the 13th Part VI and a few other films.