Photo by K Rector
Way back in June I first discovered there was a version of The Breeders' "Divine Hammer" featuring J Mascis, and I desperately wanted to hear it. I assumed I'd have to wait until Last Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition to be released on September 22, but The Breeders decided to release it a couple of days early! "Divine Mascis" features Mascis on guitar and lead vocals for this version of "Divine Hammer," and the song is basically reworked around him. It sounds more dreamy and pop than the original, and less Dinosaur Jr than I ever would have expected. The bass also seems to kick a little harder on "Divine Mascis," which is fairly unexpected. It's a fun re-imagining of an iconic song from the 90's and makes me wonder what could have been if this ended up on Last Splash.
Kelley Deal says of the newly released song:
You can watch the video for "Divine Mascis" below. Last Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition) will be out September 22 on 4AD, and is available for pre-order here. For more on The Breeders, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.