Freakscene is little more than a curio for both Dinosaur Jr. fans and the non-converted.
“What’s interesting about the film, however, is how this all feels rather intentional, and I don’t mean that in the ‘these filmmakers are trying to slop out any half-effort tripe for cheap money’ way. Freakscene’s myriad of faults to me feel like intended design decisions meant to both place the focus primarily on the music rather than the three guys – J. Mascis (lead singer and guitarist), Lou Barlow (bassist and singer), and Murph (drummer) – responsible for making it and also communicate the essence of their fragmented, slightly-abrasive, no gimmicks music in-film. Where Dinosaur Jr. songs just seem to appear out of thin air, looking effortless and shorn of any real indulgence (on-record), getting straight to their unconventional pop centres without getting bogged down by unnecessary drama or fluff. Straight-talking, for all the scruffy fuzz and power, yet also like being welcomed into some cool secretive group that those on the outside won’t get.”
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