DINOSAUR PILE-UP @ BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB 13/07/11 - REVIEW BY CALLUM BARNES
Walking into Brudenell Social Club, you wouldn't think it was a venue that would soon be housing one of the biggest and loudest local bands of the underground scene, Dinosaur Pile-Up. Instead, at first you are met by a group of friendly bar staff who usher you into a room that sees similarities to Peter Kay's "The Pheonix Club". Regular visitors drinking ale in corners while having hushed conversations, this does not seem like your usual rock n roll venue. Then the second room opens up, and "the gig room" becomes obvious due to the set up of band gear at the front. At first confusion ensues as to why the band setup is so close to the large amount of sofa's lining the walls of the venue. After reading through a flyer given to us on our entrance, it becomes apparent that this is a Q + A session as well, with the audience being asked to think of their own questions to ask the band.
First up though, are Yonderboy. As a group I previously knew nothing about, it was a surprise for the lead singer to admit that this was probably the young band's final gig. Playing a 6 song set in an indie/math style, the band seemed incredibly tight to say they were soon about to give it up, which seemed a shame. "Soldier" was a strong pounding march led by strong drums and clunky bass guitar, the opener "All Bob Minor" put us right in the Yonderboy soundscape, with the singer quickly running on the spot, in the rock n roll tradition of not wearing shoes. Intricate guitar lines delivered by twin guitarists were prominant on the second-to-last track "Too Easy" and when their work was done, there was no fireworks or tears from the audience as would be expected from a ground breaking mainstream act on their demise, the five men just said their thanks and put their instruments away, hopefully, not for good.
All Bob Minor At The Fire Escape Conkers Soldier Too Easy Lasty
Then it was time for the main act of the night, Dinosaur Pile-Up to take to the stage, but not in the usual fashion. Before the boys could even play a rip-roaring note, they were called on by the host for the evening to take part in a Question and Answer session especially for the event, which was sponsored by Miller beer as a promotional effort. During the Q & A, lead singer Matt Bigland explained how the name for the band cropped up, due to a scene in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong in which dinosaurs are running down a hill after the humans and fall into one-another creating a "pile-up". Bigland's previous band was also touched on slightly, Mother Vulpine. Bigland and Tom Hudson (also present in the crowd) were formerly members of this band, which only lasted around a year before splitting and Bigland went on to form DPU while Hudson joined Pulled Apart By Horses, now arguably Leeds biggest underground success. Matt also explained how the writing for the album was done over the period of a year while sharing a flat with now-drummer Mike Sheils. Brudenell Social Club itself also played its part in Dinosaur's evolution due to it being used as a first-time recording studio for early demo's, on which, like the debut album "Growing Pains" Bigland played all instrumentation himself.
Then it was time for the band to take to the stage and do what they do best, play distortion fuelled grunge which sounds like the lovechild of Nirvana and Foo Fighters. There is a moment of tuning and testing the levels before the strong riffery of "Barce-loner" acts as an introduction to destruction. This is followed by a strong bash of the hi-hat which could only mean one thing, "Opposites Attract" from 2009's "The Best EP in the Universe", a slow crunch of bass and guitar complimented with amps up to "11". The first DPU song that ever caught my attention "My rock n roll" rears its head, as is to be expected and it is a shadow of the rough demo that appeared on Myspace two years ago. "Birds and Planes" provides true headbanging material- all 3 mins and 30 seconds of it. During "Mona Lisa" Matt's guitar string breaks and therefore the band decide to continue playing while the guitarist does a quick axe change. When Matt returns, they restart the song with full Dinosaur style power,sweat begininng to develop on each members face as they seem to be overcome by the massive sound they have created. Two new songs get a full throttled playing, "Should", a standard DPU style riff followed by a harmony ridden chorus, and "Daydream", which seems the band reach for future success in the form of an incredibly catchy chorus which seems to be more in the US punk vein. Following "Broken Knee", Bigland announces that they were going to do and encore but they're just going to stay on instead and then launches into early single "Traynor" and then clambers into the middle of the crowd to start a mosh pit in the closer "Around The World". The show ends with a crowd of people screaming "SO LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO, ALL AROUND THE WORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRLD", into a microphone that is experiencing a serious beating, while Matt is rocking on top of an amp, bassist Harry is face down on the floor- his bass forgotten, and Mike has beaten his cymbals down to the floor. Great, great stuff.
Barce-loner Opposites Attract Mona Lisa Should (new song) My Rock n Roll Birds and Planes Daydream Broken Knee Traynor Around The World