If you haven't listened to British rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up, you are seriously missing out. With their upcoming European tour with Weezer, and other festivals coming up, you want to check them out before they get famous and take over the world. I had the pleasure of talking with the lead singer and guitarist, Matt Bigland, about the growth of Dinosaur Pile-Up and influences from his own personal life.
Matt Bigland was born on the 8th of July, 1985 in Kendal and was raised in Cumbria. He describes himself as a "quiet and nervous" as a child. As a kid, his mother introduced him and his older brother to "a bunch of 80's pop and power ballad bands" which he feels heavily influenced by. Eventually, he raided his older brother stash of rock CDs and his life changed forever.
Matt decided not to pursue a degree after high school, knowing that being in a band was his true passion. He formed Mother Vulpline with Tom Hudson of Pulled Apart By Horses, and later on forming Dinosaur Pile-Up. Dinosaur Pile-Up began as a one man show, flipping members here and there until recently. Now, singer/guitarist Matt Bigland, bassist Jim Cratchley, and drummer Mike Sheils, all perform together and recorded their most recent album, Eleven Eleven, together.
Personally, I have been seeing them since they started touring in the USA. They came to the US in 2014 several times, and even toured with Brand New. Their debut album, Growing Pains, their second album, Nature Nurture , and their new album, Eleven Eleven, all are creative works of art, each slightly different but still perfect for headbanging the night away. Their Soundcloud features music from their early EPs up to their newest record. You know you want to check it out.
Now, Dinosaur Pile-Up are quickly taking over the world and creating an atmosphere of post-grunge alternative rock like no other. Fuck. Yes.