Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. have a long history together, from their SST Records days to their joint tours. Now, Kim Gordon and J Mascis have reunited for a new track titled “Slow Boy.” The indie rock icons paired up to write and perform the song, which will appear on the third Converse compilation, CONS EP Vol. 3. Download “Slow Boy” for free now at the Converse Music site.
Mascis produced the fuzzed-out, heavily distorted track, which is reminiscent of Sonic Youth’s abrasive, angsty peak on mid-Eighties albums Sister and EVOL. Dinosaur Jr. were their SST label mates at the time, and prior to that, both acts were briefly aligned with Homestead Records. While Gordon’s vocals are at the forefront of the unrelenting cut, “Slow Boy” also showcases some of Mascis’ gnarling guitar work over the song’s four-minute runtime.
Both Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. were featured in the alternative rock documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke, and both influential acts remained close throughout the years. Thurston Moore also appeared in Dinosaur Jr.’s 2007 music video for “Been There All the Time.” In 2012, Gordon and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo appeared as special guests at Dinosaur Jr.’s New York concerts celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band’s classic 1987 LP You’re Living All Over Me.
In addition to “Slow Boy” and the Freddie Gibbs and Hanni El Khatib’s team-up “Satin Black,” more tracks from the collaboration-based CONS EP Vol. 3 will drop throughout June.