Mechanical Pterodactyl
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Mechanical Pterodactyl

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"Backyard Bachanalia"

"[Mechanical Pterodactyl's] songs are multi-layered soundscapes, things half-glimpsed through dark and fog, like a swamp from 50’s noir films; something beautiful, ephemeral and not-quite-realised."
- Chanel Cole, former Australian Idol


"Mary/ On Fire" double a-side



Amongst the vast and endless sea of music, there is always something new. Whether it comes from today or yesterday. Across the road or across the world.
As long as we keep searching there should never be reason to feel uninspired.

In 2008, Mechanical Pterodactyl set up in a garage and recorded a full length album. The forthcoming album, "Give" is due for release in 2009 and was mastered by Anthony "ToK" Norris (Black Sorrows, Madison Avenue). The band’s first release from the album is the double A-side; "Mary/ On Fire." Two songs that run too long for standard commercial radio airplay that have been distributed free at gigs to Mechanical Pterodactyl’s audience.

Mechanical Pterodactyl's arrival in Melbourne has been noted by performances at the Wesley Anne, the Arthouse Hotel, the Public Bar and the Tote amongst others. The band was born in Canberra in 2007 before relocating to Melbourne in late 2008. Their music draws from a wide variety of influences from rock and hip hop to jazz and world. Singer and songwriter Yen Nguyen brings a unique perspective to the band, having toured and recorded over the last five years as the drummer for hip hop/soul outfit, Casual Projects. His songs convey a deep knowledge of rhythm, band interaction and melody. Along with his fellow band mates, Yen graduated from ANU school of music where he studied improvisation, arranging and composition, majoring in Jazz drumming.
The band features an open line up that sees horns and strings added to a core group of members which contributes to making every live show a new experience. Songs are based around a traditional format but allow for each member to contribute something different each night.

Mechanical Pterodactyl is a band to watch closely, and to listen to closely for that matter.