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"Dinosaur Pile-Up Talk Line Up Change / Leeds Band Stronger Than Ever"

Dinosaur Pile-Up have revealed that recent line up changes have left them stronger than ever.

Emerging from the ever buoyant Leeds hardcore scene, Dinosaur Pile-Up are part of a wave of acts gaining wider appreciation. Mixing brutal riffs with sweet melodies, the band stuck true to their DIY roots.

Touring across the country, the strain soon took its toll. Losing and gaining members, the Leeds band have now focussed on life as a three piece.

Dinosaur Pile-Up recently completed work on their debut album, with 'Growing Pains' released to widespread acclaim. The Leeds band have spoken to BBC Newsbeat, explaining that they are stronger than ever.

"The bond between us is really strong" explains singer Matt Bigland. "Mike's probably the loudest drummer in the world," he said. "And Harry's probably the most entertaining bassist you've ever seen."

Dinosaur Pile-Up completed work on 'Growing Pains' earlier this year, focussing the energy of their live shows onto record. Dominated by Matt Bigland, the sessions were intended to be "honest and simple".

"The whole band started in my bedroom, just me recording simple little songs and stuff, so I wanted it to be a proper version of that" he said. "I went out to Bridlington and recorded the record for about two and a half months and I kind of locked myself up."

Meanwhile, a statement from the singer expanded on the writing process. “Growing Pains for me is a statement on how I've felt over the last year or so I guess. Trying to figure out who I am as a person growing up. Trying to get the right band together. Trying to make a first record with little money in a time when rocking guitar bands aren't really in fashion."

Recently completing a nationwide tour, Dinosaur Pile-Up unveiled their debut album in front of their fans. A rabid live act, the band swapped headline slots with Turbowold. - ClashMusic


"Dinosaur Pile-Up at Nice & Sleazy's"

Dinosaur Pile-Up have been referred to as the new kids of grunge so a place like Nice’n'Sleazy in Glasgow is the perfect setting for the trio to let rip. Soaring through tracks from their debut album ‘Growing Pains’, the band proved that old-skool rock ‘n’ roll is far from dead and a great live performance doesn’t need fancy lights and synth sounds. In this particularly tiny venue, however, the audience found it hard to be as energetic as the band they were watching. In this sense, the crowd did seem more like spectators and the band a spectacle but one could tell they were holding back from going mental from all the synchronized on-the-spot head-banging while guitarist Matt Bigland stepped offstage in an attempt to have some literal audience interaction.
Song after song, the set was heaving with a destructive energy as the band ripped through tracks such as ‘Birds & Planes’, ‘Never That Together’ and ‘Maybe It’s You’. Matt stopped in between songs to explain that bassist Harry Johns and drummer Mike Sheils were suffering from man-flu but in no way did it jeopardise their explosive set. DPU oldie, ‘My Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was a definite highlight with its face-melting riff while ‘Hey You’ showed that there was a softer side to the grunge rockers but still worked well within the otherwise very loud set. As the band ended the set with ‘Traynor’ which proved very fitting indeed, the crowd gave a warm cheer, their only regret being that the venue wasn’t more mosh-pit endurable. - Is This Music?


"Dinosaur Pile-Up excited about 'new beginning'"

Dinosaur Pile-Up singer Matt Bigland says the release of their debut album and the recent line-up change marks a new era for the band.

The three-piece is now made up of founding member Bigland, plus Harry Johns (bass) and Mike Sheils (drums).

"The bond between us is really strong", admits the singer, who also reckons the addition of backing vocals gives the band an extra dimension.

Live, the band may also be offering fans more 'bang for their buck'.

"Mike's probably the loudest drummer in the world," reckons Bigland. "And Harry's probably the most entertaining bassist you've ever seen."

It wasn't one big bust up that prompted the line-up change, just that old chestnut "musical differences".

"[Steve and Tom] just wanted to do different stuff," admits Matt.
Solo mission

Debut album Growing Pains hit shops a few weeks ago and follows the singer's long-held vision.

Recorded between the line-up swap, Bigland played all the instruments himself and says he wanted it to be "honest and simple".
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The whole band started in my bedroom - just me recording simple little songs and stuff - so I wanted it to be a proper version of that

Matt Bigland

"The whole band started in my bedroom, just me recording simple little songs and stuff, so I wanted it to be a proper version of that.

"I went out to Bridlington and recorded the record for about two and a half months and I kind of locked myself up."

That dedication and skill echoes one of his heroes, Dave Grohl, who also flew solo on the Foo Fighters' 1995 debut.

From now on Dinosaur Pile-Up is very much a team effort though, and the boys are looking forward to collaborating on new songs.

"It's just more alive," says Matt. "We all believe in it."

The band has also just finished their own tour, as well as playing a few shows with Feeder and are now hoping to get some more support dates.

When it comes to their dream hook-ups they stay true to their alt-rock heritage: The choice picks? "Deftones, Weezer and Queens of the Stone Age."

Dinosaur Pile-Up's debut album, Growing Pains, is out now. - BBC Newsbeat


Discography

FVSR004 - My Rock 'n' Roll - 7" Single & Download - 05/01/2009

FVSR006 - Traynor - 7" Single & Download - 30/03/2009

FVSR005 - The Most Powerful EP In The Universe!!! - CD EP & Download - 17/08/2009

FVSR020 - Birds & Planes - 7" Single & Download - 21/06/2010

FVSR021 - Growing Pains - CD Album, 12" Album & Download - 04/10/2010

FVSR022 - Mona Lisa - 7" Single & Download - 27/09/2010

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“Growing Pains for me is a statement on how I've felt over the last year or so I guess. Trying to figure out who I am as a person growing up. Trying to get the right band together. Trying to make a first record with little money in a time when rocking guitar bands aren't really in fashion. It's all kinda been a 'growing' in to a reality that I wasn't totally aware of I guess. I used to get growing pains as a little kid a lot, and my whole situation reminded me of that feeling; me trying to grow into my own body...”

After 18 months blood, sweat, coffee, Back To The Future DVDs and hard rocking pop’n’roll shows, Dinosaur Pile-Up are finally ready to give the world the fearsome debut album it has been waiting for. You might already know the story of Matthew Bigland, and how he founded DP-U from the ashes of seminal Leeds outfit Mother Vulpine (in which he played with Pulled Apart By Horses frontman Tom Hudson). You may remember how after a period dubbed ‘Leeds Best Kept Secret’, the timeless east-coast pop-rock of the demos leaked out into wider consciousness, leading to one of the most frenzied rushes of excitement to greet a new guitar band in recent years. And then you’ll certainly remember how they styled out the hype and the whispers of a ‘grunge revival’ with fantastically infectious debut single ‘My Rock’n’Roll’, which made them one of UK press and radio’s hottest-tipped acts. A second single ‘Traynor’ followed, as did tours with the likes of Pixies, Future Of The Left, and The Automatic, and performances at Bestival, T In The Park and Reading/Leeds; the nascent band cut their live teeth in explosive style. There was only one problem; the world fell so fast and so hard for Dinosaur Pile-Up that they hadn’t yet had the chance to make an album.

Wisely, Bigland chose to retreat. Where an artist with less vision might have rushed out something substandard to capitalise on the buzz, DP-U’s debut had to be perfect. To make things even tougher for himself, he had a singular vision; like his idol Dave Grohl, he was determined to compose and play every single song on the album that would be ‘Growing Pains’. He hooked up with scene production shaman James Kenosha, decamping to his residential studios, The Lodge in Bridlington. There, they spent an intense two-month period finessing the vision and laying down the ideal manifestation of Matt’s vision.

“It was cool,” he remembers, “we had the whole space to ourselves and set it up so all the instruments were pretty much in a big circle in the live room. We'd wake up at 9am, make coffee, and record until 3am solidly. It was pretty exhausting, and with me doing all the instruments and him doing all the recording there were kind of no breaks. Often it would just end up with me running round the room recording different bits of different songs and then singing till my throat hurt.”

The results were worth it though and can be heard all over the crisp, summer-ready songs on ‘Growing Pains’. As band signature tunes, ‘My Rock’n’roll’ and ‘Traynor’ survive to the final cut, but Matt’s songwriting has expanded, spreading out to widen the DP-U canvas. The fizzing lead single ‘Birds And Planes’ sees Matt fly off on a fantasy stream of consciousness that recalls the vintage twisted highs of Weezer and Pavement. ‘Never That Together’ incorporates Berlin-era Beatles into the DP-U vision, and ‘Hey Man’ scales new heights of emotional melodrama, lurching from pin-drop quiet into a huge, lurching grunge beast.

Oh yes, the ‘G’ word, which has followed the band round since their very inception. Nothing wrong with being compared to some of your favourite bands of course, but that isn’t even half the story. Matt best describes his vision as follows; “I guess I'd describe it as equal parts heavy and pop. I love melody so I think it's pretty 'sing along' also. Compared to today's market maybe it's alternative? But at the same time kinda heavy, whilst still being kinda pop. I don't know - Heavy Alternative Pop?? Can I say that? I liked the idea of people to be able to sing along to the songs, even if they were slaying or I'm singing about being hated or upset. I love bands like the Beatles and the Beach Boys so I think a bit of that got in there. I wanted to make a record that kicks people in the face whilst getting stuck in their head. Which for my music taste; so little does either these days. I want to knock people's teeth out with a riff or a kick beat, but at the same time leave them humming a melody for the rest of the day. If that happened I'd feel pretty happy.”

DP-U has undergone a number of line-up changes since its inception, and the band returns with two new faces in bassist Harry Johns and drummer Mike Sheils. Mike replaces Steve Wilson who has since joined Japanese Voyeurs, while Harry (formerly of Old Romantic Killer Band) replaces bassist and long time friend of Matt, Tom Dornford-May, who has taken his musical vision in a new direction.

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