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Cold Comes to Claim is worthy of the glowing reviews it's slowly getting, the disc an amalgamation of progrock, cabaret, rock, and the kinda sorta transition The Move made in their classic Shazam release, a shift in the group's direction that blew my mind when I first heard it and signaled the ensemble's eventual morph to Electric Light Orchestra. Cold isn't as thick or classically set as Shazam, but it does exhibit many of the same mutations—more slowly laid, less intense, but still arresting, as though tilting towards the Kinks' equally classic Arthur or Village Green cut with brainstunned molasses samples of Mars Volta, the Zombies' Odyssey serving as a side dish.

Architecture is what I'm referring to, and pensive attention to futuristic modes predominates in avant-gardisms brought closer to the ground (ironic, then, that the cover shot is of a trashed piano in a ruined cathedral)...yet as delicate as it is thunderous. I'm guessing Remy Zero, Tortoise (the latter-day gents, not the old prog band), God Lives Underwater, and other crews figure into this group's circle of influences, but so does Beethoven, dark Broadway, and Kurt Weill. While Mike Keneally and others are going the art damage route, Brontosaurus is 180 degrees opposite, pretty daring, and possessed of unique temperament. One can only imagine what will occur when they beef up the instrumentation and show us what they're REALLY made of. I await the day, as this debut from a consortium of lads without the funds to underwrite what that vision truly is could hardly be more promising. - Acoustic Music

Most importantly to the success of the Cold Comes To Claim EP, Brontosaurus never reaches for easy, safe emotional highs and lows. You want to walk on the band’s journey, and you appreciate that the guys don’t sugarcoat the experience. “Beware” and “Mouths Move,” which open and close things respectively, serve as the standout tracks to a nifty little record that, in the classic southern gothic tradition, reminds you that, despite how dark it is right now, there’s light somewhere, and you’re going to find it eventually. - Dryve Tyme Online

Brontosaurus find their strongest moments at points of high drama. Kelley and Papaleo deliver fantastic vocal performances throughout the record, but I believe them the most when they're stretching to crisis. The highlight of the album comes with the coda of "Beware," though it's nearly matched on epic closer "Mouths Move." It's in these moments of urgency that Brontosaurus shine, drawing us into their enigmatic yet arresting theater of sound. The record's not afraid to ask, even demand, the emotional attention of its listeners--and it does so while skirting cliche and prodding forward into a powerful place - Windy City Rock

Brontosaurus manages to claim their own sound in the space of six tracks, laying down well-structured songs with sweet riffs, great vocals, and innovative combinations of electronic and acoustic sounds. Such a strong debut is promising and is likely to keep Chicago rock fans waiting for the next album.

Continue reading on Local duo Brontosaurus makes a strong debut with "Cold Comes to Claim" - Chicago Live Music Scene | - The Chicago Examiner

Brontosaurus packs some serious heat in the musicality department. In "Beware", expertly put-together baroque pop collides with trembling Tin Pan Alley piano rhythms, as lurching drum patterns build to a ferocious, fortissimo conclusion. There's more where that came from, but you're gonna have to buy their album to hear it. The one with the beautiful cover art that has any number of interpretations. The one I'm gonna run with is "overlooked treasure". - The Brown Noise

“Cold Comes to Claim” is a valiant debut but one that requires several plays before its beauty can fully be realized. I highly recommend you take the time to do so. I also feel that this album will be more appreciated in the future after the band puts out more records. Like…
DUDE 1: “Dude, I love that new Brontosaurus song!”
DUDE 2: “Yeah it’s okay but did you ever hear their first album?”
DUDE 1: “This isn’t their first?”
DUDE 2: “No bro, go check out ‘Cold Comes to Claim.’ It’s their true sound and way better than all their other stuff.”
DUDE 1: “Oh ok. I’ll go buy it tomorrow. It’s my new favorite album.”
DUDE 2: “Mine too.” - The Heard Project

For those who are unfamiliar, Brontosaurus is the artistic amalgamation of multi-instrumentalists Nicholas Kelley and Nicholas Papaleo. You could call their sound avant-pop, you could call it indie rock but whatever you do decide to file it under, the fact remains that these guys are one hell of a power duo. Throughout the set at Chicago's Empty Bottle in early July, Papaleo perpetually switched from keys to guitar to auxiliary percussion and back again -- singing the whole time -- while Kelley manned his kit with a Fender strapped to his back in order to seamlessly alternate between rhythm guitarist, lead singer, and his primary role as drummer. The band has often claimed that they "perform their songs using all eight limbs" and after seeing them live I can testify to that statement.

Though cool to watch, seeing this near-frenetic madness play out on stage ultimately begs the question: "Why are there only two guys in this band?"

"It's hard to find another person to get along with,"Papaleo explained, "Well, getting along with is the wrong word, musically getting along with is what I meant. Before we started Brontosaurus we were both in a band that had five members and it was hard to make everyone happy, so that ended and now we do this as a way to just make us happy."

And happy they sure seem. Though their set was only seven songs and around 45 minutes, it was a hard-driving, consistently dynamic performance that constantly toed the line between total sonic control and all out hysterics. Through pulsating keyboard leads, thundering beats, witty riffs, and harmonies so rich Mitt Romney's hair would offer them a tax break, Brontosaurus proved to be relentlessly exciting and enjoyable to listen to.

So what's next for Brontosaurus? "Well, we are actually working on our second album, and we will be doing more touring into the Winter," Papaleo explained to me, "We just want to keep pushing, to do this as long as we can, or really to do it until we can't." - Epitonic

That gritty, under the carpet type of feel resonates in their track “Beware” and everything I adore about bands that make me dust off my old favorites is present here. Brontosaurus’s genuine feel perhaps comes through by their use of a xylophone and a piano, although there’s something about them I just can’t put my finger on. - Music Under Fire

The duo of Nicholas Kelley and Nicholas Papaleo have only been together for a year, but have pulled together a debut effort that is polished, wildly entertaining, and that reaches into several areas of music. - The Deli Magazine


Cold Comes to Claim (2011)
LP 2 (2014)



Brontosaurus is the dynamic duo of Nicholas Kelley and Nicholas Papaleo. Formed in Chicago in 2010 as an outlet for their sometimes pretty, sometimes eerie pop constructions. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources as well as their varied musical upbringing (NP classical/indie rock, NK metal/prog), Brontosaurus performs their songs using all 8 limbs, often at the same time, as well as intertwining their distinct voices to create a powerful and and entertaining live experience. Brontosaurus’ debut LP, Cold Comes To Claim, was released June 14th on their own label, People of Paper Records to critical acclaim. This bombastic LP owes as much to the sound and feel of Tin Pan Alley as it does to the Pacific Northwest of the late nineties. Cold Comes To Claim runs the gamut – from sweeping grandeur to math-induced freak-outs. 2013 has the band playing sporadic dates as they continue to record their powerful new LP.