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Introducing...Dinosaur Pile-Up

By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

Foo Fighters obsessing riff-wielding Leeds tykes resurrecting the ghosts of grunge, plaid shirts and rocking with one foot firmly on the monitor…

Dinosaur Pile-Up
Dinosaur Pile-Up [L-R]: Matt Bigland, Steve Wilson and Tom Dunford

"I went to see the most recent Hollywood remake of King Kong which is awful and ridiculous in the same amount," gabbles Dinosaur Pile-Up's spindly guitarist and lead singer Matt Bigland.

"There's just this bit in it where this huge gang of brontosauruses get ambushed - the front one falls over and they all trip over it and roll down a hill in a ridiculous chain of events.

"It was too amazing to go unrecorded - it's not deep and meaningful it's just funny and light-hearted…"

While they might be having a laugh with their moniker the Yorkshire three-piece - who began creating ripples with their debut single My Rock 'N Roll and BBC Introducing live appearances in summer 2008 - aren't joking around.

Early aspirations

Even at this premature stage, Bigland isn't shy about outlining the band's lofty aspirations.

"We just want to make some 14 year old kid out there feel like we were made to feel when watching Dave Grohl rock T In The Park," he says.

"Watching those guys [Foo Fighters] do that completely changed my life when I was younger. That's why I do this, and Steve Wilson [drums] and Tom Dunford [bass] do this. We just want to do that."

As it stands a headline appearance at one of the world's biggest festivals isn't scheduled just yet. They're equally happy to settle for cult success.

Dinosaur Pile-Up, the facts

WHAT: Grunting post-grunge primal rock 'n' roll

FOR FANS OF: Nirvana, Nine Black Alps, Foo Fighters, Mudhoney

DOWNLOAD: My Rock 'N Roll

LIVE: Spring live dates TBC

"We're just a bunch of dudes - we just want to be a really good band that people just respect for doing that first album or that second album."

Grohl obsession

Rewind a few years and a teenage Matt Bigland [he's now 23] watched agog as his heroes played an explosive headline festival set - it was an experience that immediately flooded into his own song writing.

"I'm obsessed by that first album [Foo Fighters] and the second album [The Colour And The Shape]. I just think they're genius. I'm not into where they've gone now but those two albums I listen to them daily," he enthuses.

Indeed, Bigland's obsession is as much to do with Dave Grohl's personal graft on those records as the actual songs.

"It's the fact that he did it on his own, that's why I regard those albums so highly - they're a benchmark of discipline, self-commitment and productivity," he gushes.

He soon set about applying the ethic to his own project.

"I knew how to play drums, sing and play guitar - I could do everything the band needed to do.

"I like riffs which are driven by drums. It's not always about the guitars playing."

And so it was that he began recording his scratchy ["It doesn't really matter that the sound of it doesn't sound like a freakin' Timbaland record"] new work solo before recruiting permanent members Wilson and Dunford.


It's not always been bright futures and big dreams though, in 2006 the band was born out of disgruntlement - or more specifically Matt's discontentment with his previous outfit.

Bigland: "I was playing a band called Mother Vulpine - we were a pretty dark band - like a heavy Interpol.

I knew how to play drums, sing and play guitar - I could do everything the band needed to do

Matt Bigland, Dinosaur Pile-Up

"I wrote the songs for that band and it kind of got to point where I felt held back so I started to write songs that I didn't ever want to play with that band. It [Dinosaur Pile Up] was kind of an escape.

"It started with a bunch of songs, me just writing like I always do but kind of giving it a name for no reason and then it kind of felt right."

The group's initial demos and scorching live shows soon began garnering attention.

Onstage is where the band excel - but only when they feel like it.

"I suppose about being gnarly and visceral and stuff obviously we're really influenced by bands like Nirvana - bands that have a lot of energy.

"They're bands which didn't have energy for forced reasons. They didn't have crazy visceral live shows because they knew the NME would write about it.

"You can be a good show live but it's all about what you're saying in the songs you write - a live show that's always crazy will get old."

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