by Jordan Lindley
English altrock group Dinosaur PileUp show off their punk side with the release of their new single, “Nothing Personal,” off of their upcoming album Eleven Eleven. The song opens with a guitar lick that sounds like a mixture of legendary groups Queens of the Stone Age, Wavves, and Nirvana, and after the 16bar intro, it kicks into high gear as the drums and bass join in. Lead singer Matt Bigland describes the song as “an out and out shredder,” and reminisces on the studio time, saying “I remember kind of being worried about trying to put it down in the studio, because the energy of the song was so high, and it was relentlessly fast.” What’s even more impressive after multiple listenings is that, in Bigland’s words, “The version you're listening to is the first take, no more no less.”
Eleven Eleven, due out August 26th via SO Recordings,brings with it the promise of a heavier and more energetic Dinosaur PileUp than we’ve heard in the past. Bigman has been quoted saying “What’s really exciting for us about this record is it's the first time we've ever been able to capture the energy and flow that we have live,” since they were able to record the band all at once a way of recording which aides the band to play authentically. The album covers difficult-to-tackle topics such as anxiety, empowerment, and nihilism, while staying true to a heavy punk sound.
Dinosaur PileUp has toured with the titans of altrock and punk such as Weezer, Pixies, Royal Blood, and Brand New. This is most definitely a band that should not be passed up on. You can listen to “Nothing Personal” here, and can pre-order Eleven Eleven on iTunes or on Amazon.