Live Review: Dinosaur JR / Garcia Peoples – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London 16.10.2022

Michael Hundertmark

‘Dinosaur Jr.’ last graced the stage at Kentish Town forum 17 years ago Today they play alongside special guests for the tour from psychedelic rockers ‘Garcia Peoples’  for their long awaited sold out UK shows. Fans are in for a treat with the array of back catalogue of the band’s indie rock fusion. Anybody who has been to a Dinosaur Jr gig knows it’s going to be loud screeching guitars with Marshall amps stacked high on Stage!

The Band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984 by J. Mascis with Lou Barlow on Bass with Emmett Murphy taking on the drumming duties! After releasing albums on independent record Labels the band gained a reputation in the American alternative rock circuit. 

New Jersey’s quintet ‘Garcia Peoples’ recently released their fifth studio album ‘Dodging Dunes’ and their showcase, nicely the different styles of muscular riff-rock together with alternative folk on the stage. Four of the band members take on the lead vocals with duelling guitars in a studio jam like fashion.  On top form, there are moments in the set that show the influence of the iconic San Francisco roots guitarist ‘Jerry Garcia.’ And some reminiscence of ‘Wolf People’.

All Eyes of the sold out Kentish Town forum are soon fixed on Mascis when he launches into his chords and riffs, mired together with the expressive volume of the Marshall amps!

Tonight’s set focuses on the recent LP, Emptiness at the Sinclair, but sadly the post comeback favourite ‘I bet On Sky’ fell absent!

The set breezes by in a frantic fashion. Mascis soaring flowery guitar solos and groves get the crowd going and as adding a nice touch the trio announce “we once met a band in London” before proceeding to play out ‘Just like Heaven’. Promptly leaving the stage after having to miss two more encore tracks as time was cut short.

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