Dinosaur Jr have announced details of their 12th album, which is titled Sweep it Into Space and will be out April 23 via Jagjaguwar. The trio started the record in fall of 2019 with help from co-producer/tourmate Kurt Vile, and had planned to have it out mid-2020. Then of course, COVID hit and threw a wrench into things.
The band ended up finishing the album during lockdown without Kurt, though J Mascis says he ended up “mimicking a few things" Vile had laid down. "I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound. But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.” The record was mixed last year by regular Dino Jr knob-twiddler John Agnello.