Dinosaur Jr. will return on Aug. 5 with the album Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not via Jagjaguwar. They’ve already shared audio of the album’s first single “Tiny,” performed the song on Later… With Jools Holland and have now released an accompanying music video.
Directed by Laurie Collyer, the clip stars Beefy, J Mascis’ bulldog. The pooch snoozes as the band’s rehearsal soundtracks his dreams of roller derby and a sweet skate session with his human.
Watch the video above and read a statement from Collyer about creating the video’s concept below.
Having come of age in the so-called grunge era I was always about not selling out, not buying in, staying true to my identity and living low. Being a freak in a freakscene was where I found home. This meant listening to the music of the moment at maximum volume—Dinosaur Jr. being in heavy rotation on the turntables of me and my people.
I got to know J Mascis in 2012 when we hired him to compose the score for my film, Sunlight Jr., a love story set among the ruins of the American dream starring Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts. J is nothing short of a creative genius. In the years since our work on this film, I got to know J as a friend. And what I learned is that, aside from music, J Mascis has other passions. Bulldogs and skateboarding among them. When a friend of mine told me there was such a thing as skateboarding bulldogs, I took it from there and came up with the idea for “Tiny.”
J’s dog, sleeping outside his rehearsal room dreams up the perfect day with J. He wants to skate without falling down or crashing. He wants to skate with J. He waits patiently outside the roller derby for J to finish his gig. The rest is history. Enjoy “Tiny!”