When EU hardcore heroes Vitamin X were creating their new LP Age of Paranoia (which you can pre-order via Southern Lord ahead of its May release), they tapped a rather unlikely hero, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., to help make one of the tracks "Flip the Switch." It's a very Annihilation Time, mid-period Black Flag-y ripper that's perfect for the pit, or washing down a cold one with another cold one (sorry, straight-edge homies). Either way, don't miss Mascis tearing a hole in the universe with a solo over the entire thing. And below, Vitamin X guitarist Marc Emmerik tells the story behind Mascis' epic cameo.
"We had this song with a Dinosaur Jr. type of intro. I thought it'd be perfect to let J Mascis do the solo," he says. "My friends Graham Clise (Witch, Lecherous Gaze, Annihilation Time) and Dave Sweetapple (Teepee, Witch) got in touch with him and he agreed to do it. He actually had one of our albums 'cause John Brannon (Negative Approach) sang on it.
"When J passed through Amsterdam, he played the solo on my 1980 Gibson SG. He said he never plays Gibson but it has J Mascis all over and it's one of his most furious solos ever, in which he seems to revisit his hardcore roots. (He was in hardcore punk band Deep Wound before Dinosaur Jr.)
"The funny thing is: J Mascis is solo-ing from start to end, almost two-and-a-half minutes! When he started he didn't stop and soloed throughout the whole song, even over the vocals. After that first take I told him, 'You only have to do the intro'.' He said, ''No, I'll do the whole song, just take out whatever you want.' When I came home and listened, we didn't take out anything and kept his whole original solo 'cause it's insane and rips so much!!
"To add to my previous story: I think this is the only song in hardcore punk with a two-minute-plus solo from start to end!"
Vitamin X tour dates:
5/03/2018 N8 Lounge - Bonn, DE
5/04/2018 TBA - Antwerp, BE
6/15/2018 TBA - SP
6/16/2018 Valles Escrema Fest, Montornes del Valles, SP
7/06/2018 Flugplatz - Zwickau, DE
7/07/2018 RIIP Fest - Tours, FR
7/14/2018 Woodstick Fest - Lage, DE
8/03/2018 TBA - Wroclaw, PL
8/04/2018 Novy - Jicin, CZ
8/05/2018 TBA - Bratislava, SK
9/07/2018 Chimpyfest -, London, UK
9/14/2018 Punk Rock Weekend Fest - Stockholm, SE
9/15/2018 TBA - Troisdorf, DE