Timothy Herzog
Ray Rahman
March 22, 2012 AT 04:45 PM EDT

One might think you didn’t take music seriously if, in high school, you got “kicked out of marching band for smoking weed out of a tuba.”

But that’s allegedly what happened to Pete Cougar and Johnny Pancake, the old high-school buddies and new bandmates of the great J Mascis.

Mascis, of course, is the leader of indie-rock legends Dinosaur Jr., but he got his start playing heavy, sludgy, psych-y hardcore music in bands like Deep Wound.

And even though Dinosaur Jr. has been reunited with new tours and albums, Mascis still keeps busy with other projects, like the excellent stoner-doom act Witch. And now, with his pals Cougar and  Pancake, he’s got a new group called Heavy Blanket.

The band’s self-titled first album (out May 8 on Outer Battery Records) is a psychedelic showcase of Mascis’ bleeding-ear guitar heroics, and we have the first single exclusively here. It’s called “Dr. Marten’s Blues” and, as expected, it’s as ferocious as it is pleasurable.

Let Heavy Blanket smother you with their new song below:

What’d you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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