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Interview with Dinosaur Pile Up

  • By david
  • 23 August 2013

Words and interview by Selina Clark

Dinosaur Pile Up have been going since early 2009. Starting out as just singer Matt Bigland and gradually growing into the line up as we know it to be today. "It's kind of taken a while, but I kind of like that because its natural and real and not fake and shit" - Matt Bigland.

Fresh from their first ever headline tour, Dinosaur Pile Up took the main stage to play what was an amazing set. That was after being literally thrown straight onto the stage following an earlier accident on the motorway which did not involve a load of dogs, as Matt had claimed onstage and later told me he totally made up for a reason he didn't even understand.

This band give off an energy onstage that make you believe they are already headliners and have a sound to match it. The love for their music shines through onstage and even though they don't constantly jump around the stage you can feel the energy just from the way they play their instruments.

Dinosaur Pile Up's sound is cool, laid back and moody. The kind of music you play in your house at a party to impress your friends and show them that you're "musically cool". It's the kind of music that entices you and grabs you, and then has you hooked for the rest of your weekend.

The boys end their set with one of their new songs  which the crowd sing back to them, much to the bands enjoyment.

I was lucky enough to grab an interview with the guys before they hopped into their van to drive home. After a long discussion about what generic Dave would look like (sorry to all the Dave’s out there) we got into the interview.


Supajam: How are you all feeling after your performance?

Matt: Yeah really good, we are in a really good mood.

Mike: That was a fun show.

Matt: It was a fun show. It's always weird if you a play a not fun show, not that most shows aren't fun but sometimes you get freaked out by people or freaked out by...

Mike: Sometimes it's because of personal issues

Matt: I often get freaked out by stuff just because I'm like that and that bum you out and stuff so when you have a good show like just now it's really nice.


Supajam: Were you nervous beforehand or was it just another show to come and play?

Mike: A little bit, well we turned up so close to the stage time because we got stuck in really bad traffic on the way in, so we did didn’t really have enough time to get nervous so I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.

Matt: I'm always like quite erratic before shows, cos I get weird pent up. I feel like you guys are a lot... cooler before shows and I'm  a lot more like what am I doing? Do you know what I mean? I feel like I compress a lot of stuff before a show [giggles from the guys] like, I feel I stress out quite a lot.

Supajam: A lot of people in the audience say that they can really hear grunge influences in your sound and you get compared to Nirvana quite a lot.

DP: Yep


Supajam: Is that true are you influenced by grunge?

Mike: Yeah totally and a load of other things. It's like whatever we listened to growing up.

Matt: Yeah. I think obviously the grunge thing for us is a massive thing and I think alternative rock, and some heavy metal and stuff like that obviously are influences as well.

Mike: A lot of pop as well, 60's pop.

Matt: A lot of pop. Really like, yeah, 60's pop, grunge and heavy metal. I dunno, I think a lot of people get kind of stick on the grunge thing. Which we don't mind, whatever. We're still gonna do what we do, but I think a lot of people get stuck on the grunge thing maybe because it  was so big and so iconic, but like I think as kids if something blows your mind and permanently engrains itself in your brain there's no point ignoring it.


Matt: We played a festival last night and we met a really nice guy who was telling is that  he had heard lots about us and that we were like Weazer – he was a massive Weazer fan That was cool because, you know, the 60's thing is massive to us, the grunge thing is massive to us but like also bands like Weezer are an interesting band cos they mix 60's and alternative rock.

Now I think we're growing into a space where we're on our own little train and don't look outside of that, which is cool, and I think eventually people will just get on it.


Supajam: Have you got some ultimate dream or do you feel like you're already living it?

Mike: yeah headlining Reading and Leeds! And Wembley. Stadium, not Arena.

Matt: It's rad, I think it's a really big deal for us that we can do this full time. Not everybody gets that opportunity. And it might not last forever, we're all pretty real about that. So when we're driving in the van we're like "Shit we're actually doing this, this is rad" but yeah we wanna take it everywhere. I think it would be rad to walk out on a stage near midnight to a full crowd that were all singing your words

Mike: that's the ultimate validation


Supajam: I noticed that some of the crowd were singing back the last song to you. Do you get that quite often now?

Mike: We just did a headline tour and I dunno it just kind of gained momentum.

Matt: yeah that was weird, that tour was the first tour we've done where its noticeable where people are just, like "shit they're like properly singing back the words".

There was one show in particular where something happened, we started one of the shows and something broke. Mike's kick pedal broke and people started the singing the song and we came in in the middle and that was overwhelming.

Matt: For us, 3 dudes slogging it out all the time, that's a big deal!


Supajam: obviously these days there's a lot of issues with downloads. Have you found hardships because of the illegal downloading thing?

James: Because we've grown up through the whole thing, it's never been where we've had the money from cd sales and we're suddenly missing it its just what is the current environment . We're of that generation and you just accept whatever is happening.

The more people that listen to your music the better.

Matt: yeah sure if people had bought our CDs we'd have probably been able to eat some stuff and buy some clothes but we're not complaining.

Mike: There isnt that support from record labels any more, as boring as it sounds.

We're doing the long game i guess.

Matt: You really have to sacrifice everything

Mike: we still have a lot of creative control which is good.


Supajam: Do you prefer playing live to recording?

Mike: Er it's a weird situation cos Matt's recorded all of our stuff solo.

Matt: we haven't recorded anything as a band and the next record we're coming up to now is gonna be the first time we record as a group.

It's gonna be quite hard, hard in a good way though .  I feel like we're getting to the third record at a time where the band is ready to record as a band and everyone wants to do it – It’s just sometimes people record as a band cos they are a band but actually that's not the best decision.

Mike: Yeah, Billy Corgan! We might do it and be like "fuck it matt can do it all".


Supajam: So is there a date for a new record already?

James: No we're literally so early into this tour and the last album was only really recently out.

Matt: Yeah and we're taking it over to America in September. So that's like the biggest territory there is and it's like a new thing.

Mike: Biig step for us!

Matt: So we're gonna spend a lot of time with this record doing the ground work for the 3rd record I guess.


Supajam: Are you really excited about trying to tackle America?

DPU: Yeah. Definitely.

Supajam: Who are you touring with?

Matt: You Me At Six.


Supajam: Nice! That must be exciting.

Mike: They're massive over there.

Mike: It's weird to be touring America with another British band.

Supajam: So if someone had never heard of you before what track would you tell them to go and listen to?

Matt: That's a good question... I would say...

Mike: That's a really good question...

(After some discussion)

James: Thats a good question, if only we could nail the answer like you nailed the question. ok, ok ask us again.


Supajam: What track would you recommend to someone who hadn't heard your stuff before?

DPU: My Rock and Roll. It's got heavy and its got poppy its kind of the blueprint of the band.

Matt: Don't thank me for the answer (laughs)

Supajam: Well thank you so much for chatting with me.

DPU: Thank you, that was a good chat.


The guys will be opening the NME and Radio One stage at this weekends Reading and Leeds Festival, so if you're lucky enough to have grabbed a ticket before it sold out definitely do not miss their set!

If you are not going to the festival this weekend or just plain hate festivals (we don't understand this. Are you mad?) then check out a sample of Dinosaur Pile Up below and on the following links: