Dinosaur Pile-Up - The Most Powerful EP in the Universe!

posted 5 Aug 2009, 02:59 by The Editor   [ updated 5 Aug 2009, 03:25 by Harry Cooke ]
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Surprisingly this is the first proper release from 
Dinosaur Pile-Up. This Leeds trio received considerable attention after the limited release of single "My Rock n Roll" back in January with its grungy, driven sound and have been putting in powerful, impressive live shows since. Their return to the studio has produced a gem of an EP with five tracks that continue with the energy of their debut single.

After a short muffled intro, brilliant opener "
Summer Hit Single" kicks in with heavy guitars that quickly give way to Matt Bigland's clear vocals; so the song pushes quickly to the chorus and bridge. The urgency of their sound comes across clearly as further musical ideas are thrown into a song that is not quite four minutes long.

"
Opposites Attract", which should be recognisable to Huw Stephen fans, by character takes the pace down a bit and takes time to develop into the full song. When it does though it is another driving number with Matt's vocals taking a slight backseat to his and Tom Dunford's often intricate, usually noisy and always catchy guitar and bass parts and the metronomic drumming of Steve Wilson which holds the songs together.

"
Cat Attack!!", the third track, is a bit more inventive, but still is easily definable as Dinosaur Pile-Up with their base elements augmented with a story of a band fight with some deadly cats and a repeated quieter section.

This review is getting a bit repetitive so it's a relief when "
Melanin" starts. A much more relaxed number clearly intended to give listeners (and gig-goers) a chance for a breath! It's a sonically pleasant number with some nice guitar parts accompanying Matt's lament on the speed on change, both personal and as a society. However it largely serves to underline that what makes DPU so good, the uptempo songs that can get you moving.

One such song is the closing track, "
Beach Bug". Relying heavily on the more basic loud-quiet-loud structure than other DPU songs, it still comes across as a powerfully driven song that makes me want to see them live again. Certainly this track is the easiest for lazy comparisons to grunge fore-bearers, something which misses the extra inventiveness DPU have to offer.

The fact that four of the tracks have been fairly similar in style may sound like a bad thing in print, but the fact that each song is crammed full of so many ideas means in reality each song could stand alone brilliantly and as an 18-minutes whole leaves you reaching for repeat.

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