Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ DINOSAUR PILE-UP

Dinosaur Pile-UpAMBY had the pleasure of catching up with Leeds’ DINOSAUR PILE-UP. With the recent release of their new album Nature Nurture, we wanted to learn about the band’s inspirations along with the story behind our favourite song off the record. In this interview we not only learned that, for DINOSAUR PILE-UP’s Matt Bigland also spoke to AMBY about aliens existing, the inspiration of King Kong, and how they are Keanu Reeves’ love children!

AMBY: Hello Dinosaur Pile-Up! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: Heyyyyyy! Our pleasure! We’ve been mostly rehearsing and playing songs and stuff. Releasing the new album of course! And watching documentaries about the pyramids not actually being pyramids, but being ancient power stations instead, put there by humans in future. Pretty awesome.

AMBY: How would you describe Dinosaur Pile-Up’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: I would describe it vaguely as alternative rock. I would say if you’re bored of guitar music that is either really soft and weak, or really echoey and annoying, you’re probably going to dig us. It’s kicking and it’s now.

AMBY: You just released your second album Nature Nurture! What was the experience like making it?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: The experience was awesome, and intense! I love making records and being in the studio so that was obviously super cool. But was intense because we went in with 25 songs we just couldn’t choose between, so it was like a mountain of material! Ian Davenport, who produced the record made like a massive list of things to tick off as we did them. And when we wrote it out we were like… “ummmm? This isn’t happening.”

AMBY: Derail is such an infectious song. What is the story behind it?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: I guess Derail is about feeling very unstable, and fragile. And maybe that’s linked to someone or something. Not a great vibe, but it’s good that it’s catchy. You can always make something out of nothing, even if it’s just feeling bad.

AMBY: If you were a superhero who would you be?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: Well I’d make a new one up for starters. I’d be some wicked dude that can skateboard really well and never falls off. He helps with all sorts of crimes, smokes and listens to punk rock or whatever on his walkman. He basically looks like Otto from the Simpsons in my head, so I guess he’s be like James Franco in real life, but with bad ass hair.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: Walking on stage to 8,000 people supporting the Pixies in Brussels or something. I open the whole set with just me playing the opening of Mona Lisa off our first record – and it’s in TOTALLY the wrong tuning. SO funny. I stop and just tell the crowd plain and simple I fucked up, and they accept me as a normal human being and applaud. It was pretty good.

AMBY: If you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you choose?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: John Lennon probably because I reckon he was a dude.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: Nirvana Nevermind. Foo Fighters Colour And The Shape. Rage Evil Empire.

AMBY: Where did the name Dinosaur Pile-Up come from?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: I watched that stupid King Kong movie and there’s a bit where loads of dinosaurs pile up. It’s totally stupid. I just felt I had to.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: Going on tour LOADS. Playing the new record. Meeting some new rad bands. Real music going underground again, becoming better, and resurfacing to become mainstream again. Aliens existing.

AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?


AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Dinosaur Pile-Up that nobody knows?

DINOSAUR PILE-UP: We’re all Keanu Reeves’ love children. He pays us $500 a month to not talk about it, so we blow it all on playing rock n roll.


Thank you DINOSAUR PILE-UP, for giving us your answers!

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