DINOSAUR PILE-UP CRUSHES IT IN ASBURY PARK & PHILADELPHIA!!
Read all about their recent performances at The Saint and The Foundry!
By Diane DiMemmo
August 22, 2019
Dinosaur Pile-Up has just been given a brand-new job. They are now headlining their own shows and wowing audiences all across the country; and after seeing their recent performances in Asbury Park and Philadelphia … I must say that they couldn’t be more ready. The buzz you hear at many radio stations (and directly from the mouths of their fans) is that their latest album – CELEBRITY MANSIONS – is groundbreaking. Fueled by its heavy-hitting singles “Backfoot” and “Thrash Metal Cassette,” DPU has branded a unique “punk-rock-alternative-metal sound” that brings us right back to the heyday of Seattle’s grunge scene in the 90’s.
Dinosaur Pile-Up is Matt Bigland (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Jim Cratchley (Bass), and Michael Sheils (Percussion). Hailing from Leeds (West Yorkshire, England), the band has gone through a few changes in their lineup since their formation in 2007, but the current members have a real, tangible chemistry that translates into the creation of uncompromising music and one kick-ass live show. Their fourth and most current album CELEBRITY MANSIONS (released by Parlophone Records in June 2019) is doing quite well with “Back Foot” placing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart ever since it was released. As a matter of fact, DPU’s three biggest singles have amassed more than ten million streams altogether, which is enough to make everyone sit up and take notice.
Asbury Park Vibes was lucky enough to catch DPU’s recent visits to The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ) and The Foundry (Philadelphia, PA) and I was blown away, just as I knew I would be! First off, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many fans so jazzed about seeing a band. I mean, we all go to shows to see musicians we like, but these Dinosaur Pile-Up fans were insanely crazy about this band! If we’re going to be completely honest here … so was I. But it was super cool to not be the only nut there!
DPU has this great stripped-down, raw sound which places us rock fans right back into the heart and soul of genuine rock and roll. Real. Honest. Unfiltered. And heavy as hell. I love how they are minimalists when it comes to effects pedals. What you hear at a DPU show is … well … Dinosaur Pile-Up. Not a ton of effects or enhancements. Just pure rock music performed at full throttle for 100% of the show.
Matt conversed with his audiences frequently, making jokes and giving some history on their songs. He mentioned that they wrote the entire Celebrity Mansions album on a tour bus and that the song “Celebrity Mansions” came about when there was a feeling that possibly others didn’t believe in them; however, they were all committed to believing in themselves. I think that’s why fans connect so much with Matt and his music. His lyrics hit home and inspire us to keep going and never give up.
Guess I should throw in the towel
But I know I'll never quit 'cause
My time is coming around
Don't know when and I don't know how
I guess I'm working it out
So, if you're there, don't quit on me now
Mikey (as Matt calls him) is one hell of a drummer. He’s a heavy hitter and pounds on his set with such commitment, force, and energy that I actually wondered if he regularly breaks his drum heads. I have always been fascinated with percussionists … not sure why. But Mike is unbelievably fun to watch when he plays and it was funny to see him smile sweetly in between songs ... then turn on his game face to play like a demon with the band.
Jim wasn’t able to be with the band for these few shows, as he’s home with his wife awaiting the arrival of their baby. But kudos to bassist Joe Cannariato, who learned DPU’s full set in six days and had only one three-hour rehearsal before going on tour with them. He filled in seamlessly and was extremely energetic and expressive in his playing.
All three guys met with fans after their set in Asbury Park and couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. They took time to really talk with us, were genuinely kind, and continuously expressed their appreciation for all of the fan support. These guys are truly special. They’ve branded a unique sound, sincerely love their fanbase, and are committed to doing whatever it takes to reach the top. I – along with all DPU fans - look forward to the day that they do! We just KNOW it’s going to happen!
Arizona Waiting/Stupid Heavy Metal Broken Hearted Loser Punk/K West/Peninsula/White T-Shirt and Jeans/Pouring Gasoline/Black Limousine/Thrash Metal Cassette/Round The Bend/Nature Nurture/Celebrity Mansions/My Rock/N Roll/Traynor/11:11/Long Way Down/Back Foot
DINOSAUR PILE-UP PHOTO GALLERY: THE SAINT AND THE FOUNDRY
Ok, so if you just read my gushy love piece on DPU, you’re probably thinking I can’t possibly be that hyped up about the opening bands. Well, you are absolutely WRONG!!! BRKN LOVE is one of those bands where you remember where you were and how you felt the very first time you ever heard them. I had the same feeling listening to BRKN LOVE as I had when I first heard Greta Van Fleet. That we rock fans had won the lottery.
BRKN LOVE is the brainchild of Toronto singer and guitarist Justin Benlolo. At only 21 years old, this young musician has dedicated the last five years to honing his songwriting skills and voice to perfection. His band mates are Kyle Duke (Guitar), Russell Holzman (Drums), and Nick Katz (Bass); and they have a raw, gritty, soulful rock sound that makes an immediate impression on the music lover because of its divergence from the norm. But when you hear Justin’s voice, you are taken to another level.
Video: Courtesy of Joe McAuliffe