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BBC Radio 1's Fearne Cotton tips Norwich drummer's band
Sophie Little, BBC Norfolk Blast reporter
By Sophie Little
BBC Blast reporter, Norfolk

Dinosaur Pile Up
Dinosaur Pile Up appointed Mike Sheils (right) in early 2010

Daytime BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton predicts big things for Leeds band Dinosaur Pile Up, which features current Brownies' drummer Mike Sheils.

Mike, from Norwich, was spotted by the fast-rising grunge band at the start of 2010 at the Norwich Arts Centre.

His new band has since been played on a host of BBC Radio One shows and looks set to storm the first Norwich Sound and Vision event in September.

"It's nice to challenge myself - moving out of my comfort zone," said Mike.

Dinosaur Pile Up first made an impression in 2008 with debut single My Rock And Roll and a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Among other achievements, they have supported US band The Pixies on a European tour and played large stages at major UK festivals.

This year Mike and his new band will release their debut album Growing Pains on 4 October 2010 - accompanied by a UK tour.

The Brownies

Guitarist and singer Matt Bigland, 25, and bassist Harry Johns, 25, spotted Mike in February 2010 when they played a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre.

Drummer Mike played the same bill with his current Norwich-based punk band The Brownies.

Dinosaur Pile Up are creating a nice heavy sound combining grungy undertones with a catchy hook. It's a thumping track that I'm chuffed to play on my show.
Fearne Cotton, BBC Radio 1

"There wasn't really much to go on with Mike, but to me there was no one else," said frontman Matt.

"I always watch drummers and am rarely impressed - but it was the hanging out afterwards that night - we talked about drumming albums at the Norwich Arts Centre".

Things moved fast for both parties after that first encounter.

"Mike now lives with me in Leeds, and that happened within about a month of meeting each other for the first time!"

Radio 1

It's been non-stop for the drummer and his new band ever since.

Their recent single Birds and Planes, released on 9 August 2010, has had airplay from several BBC Radio 1 DJs.

Early morning DJ Dev chose the song as his track of the week and Zane Lowe's first airing of the song was an enthusiastic back-to-back repeat.

Huw Stephens, Chris Moyles and Greg James have also championed the band and speaking to BBC Norfolk Introducing Fearne Cotton said:

"I'm really happy to see more guitar based bands emerging on the scene at the moment.

"Dinosaur Pile Up are creating a nice heavy sound combining grungy undertones with a catchy hook. It's a thumping track that I'm chuffed to play on my show."

The band has also had a page dedicated to their new album in a July 2010 edition of NME magazine.

"Deal breaker"

Mike Sheils, drummer of The Brownies (Photo: Flob)
Mike Sheils was spotted while playing with The Brownies

Although he now has to juggle his time between two bands, the opportunity to become a member of Dinosaur Pile Up was too great for Mike to turn down.

"For me the deal breaker was the opportunity to play in a band playing big gigs and festivals," said Mike.

"All I want is to make a living doing something I love and hopefully this band can help me realise that."

He replaced a vacant position in Dinosaur Pile Up after their former drummer left, but Mike and his new band see it as more than that.

"I feel like I've brought a solidity to the band musically. I've worked really hard on nailing the drum beats and trying to recreate the exact sound and feel of the album, but with the energy you need for live."

Although his Norwich band are on the back-burner writing new material, Mike's ties with the city remain very close.

He is looking forward to his return with Dinosaur Pile Up at the Norwich Arts Centre on 18 September.

"I'm excited - but I think it's going to be strange not being up there with The Brownies!"

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