The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015

J Mascis (Of Dinosaur Jr), J Mascis Live at Rescue Rooms

  • Friday 16th January 2015
  • Supported by: Luluc

MJR Group presents...



It’s all but inconceivable that J Mascis requires an introduction. In the quarter-century since he founded Dinosaur (Jr.), Mascis has created some of the era’s signature songs, albums and styles. As a skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer, and musician, J has few peers. The laconically-based roar of his guitar, drums and vocals have driven a long string of bands – Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Gobblehoof, Velvet Monkeys, the Fog, Witch, Sweet Apple – and he has guested on innumerable sessions.But Several Shades of Why is J’s first solo studio record, and it is an album of incredible beauty, performed with a delicacy not always associated with his work.

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Support: Luluc

The first bit of kismet in Luluc’s story placed a couple of young Australian musicians, fresh off the breakup of their respective bands, halfway around the world in Scotland. Randell arrived first to work at the Edinburgh Festival, and after mentioning to her London cousins that she was in need of a guitar, they hooked her up with a friend who was headed in that direction. Hassett showed up to the Spiegeltent where she worked with a copy of Huckleberry Finn in one hand and a guitar in the other. They hit it off right away.

“As soon as we sang together, we looked at each other and went, ‘Holy shit, that sounds really good,’” says Hassett. 

“It was just a remarkable blend harmonically,” agrees Randell. “Steve started harmonizing with this idea I was showing him, and the blend was absolutely amazing.” 

But as has become standard operating procedure for the duo, they didn’t rush into anything. After returning to Australia, the pair got jobs, continued their studies, and separately played in other bands. But after her father passed away, Randell began reevaluating her life, eventually coming to the conclusion that it was time to focus all of her energy on music. In time, songs started flowing out of her and eventually she and Hassett (who she likes to call her “editor in chief”) recorded 2008’s Dear Hamlyn, a tribute to Randell’s dad. 

The starkly simple yet dramatically moving work slowly but surely began to make waves in Australia and beyond, thanks in part to opening slots with artists like Lucinda Williams, Fleet Foxes, and José Gonzàlez.

“It was an interesting time, because obviously it’s very hard to lose someone so significant as your father,” says Randell. “But at the same time, I’m pleased that I was able to take that experience and turn it into something very meaningful for me, and that people have responded to the music so positively.” 

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Please note this is an 18+ show.