Dinowalrus

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Dinowalrus
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres psychedelic rock, experimental rock, post-punk revival
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels Kanine Records, Old Flame Records, Heist Or Hit Records, EXO
Website www.dinowalrus.com/
Members Pete Feigenbaum
Liam Andrew
Max Tucker
Tyler McCauley (touring)
Past members Josh Da Costa
Kyle Warren
Anton Hochheim
Christopher Weingarten
Andy Bond
Etienne DuGuay

History[edit]

Dinowalrus is an American band from Brooklyn, New York.[1] The group was formed in 2007 by vocalist/guitarist Pete Feigenbaum and synthesizer/bass/clarinet/guitar player Kyle Warren. After working on a batch of loose krautrock-inspired improv pieces with a rotating cast of drummers including Andy Bond (aka Oliver Duncan, who would later join Friends) and Etienne DuGuay (who would later join Real Estate (band)), Feigenbaum and Warren began settled down with 18-year-old Belgian drummer Josh Da Costa and began writing and recording the album that would become % (pronounced "percent") throughout 2008, while playing gigs regularly around New York with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Parts & Labor, Aa (Big A Little a), A Place to Bury Strangers, DD/MM/YYYY and Grooms.[2]

In late 2008 they released their first 7". Electric Car Gas Guitar/Cage Those Pythons. It was distributed via the labels Impose and RVNG. A 2nd 7" followed in February 2009: a split with Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne, Australia on the label EXO.[3]

Dinowalrus signed a one-album deal with Kanine Records in June 2009 to release their debut album %. Meanwhile, Feigenbaum also began touring and recording as a guitarist in Titus Andronicus[4] for the 2nd half of 2009 while production on % finished up.

%, a sprawling and experimental debut was released in January 2010. Comparisons were made to Chrome, Can, DNA, Liars, PiL, Sonic Youth and early New Order—the album received positive reviews from XLR8R,[5] Tiny Mix Tapes,[6] Prefix Magazine, and Consequence of Sound,[7] and mixed reviews from Pitchfork Magazine[8] and PopMatters.[9] Mini-tours with Fang Island,[10] Tempo no Tempo, Aa (Big A Little a) and Signals followed during the first half of 2010.

Significant lineup changes occurred in the summer 2010 as Dinowalrus began to write their 2nd album. Warren was replaced by Liam Andrew on synthesizers and bass. Christopher Weingarten, writer and former drummer of Parts & Labor, came out of retirement to play a handful of shows with the band in the summer of 2010.[11]

A new single, "Phone Home from the Edge", originally written in February 2009, was premiered on Stereogum[12] in fall 2010, and subsequently received positive attention from the NME[13] blog and airplay on the BBC 6 Music show of Lauren Laverne.[14] The band later made a video for this song, which starred Toxic Avenger creator Lloyd Kaufman.

Former The Depreciation Guild drummer Anton Hochheim was brought in during the fall and winter of 2010 for studio sessions. Drummer Max Tucker, formerly of Francis and the Lights and Patrick Cleandenim, joined full-time in March 2011.

Their second album, entitled "Best Behavior", was released in March 2012 on Old Flame Records, garnering positive reviews from Pitchfork, NME, No Ripcord, and Consequence of Sound. In February 2012, the band signed with Heist Or Hit Records for release of their second album in Europe [15]

In 2013, The band returned to the studio to work on their 3rd album, Complexion, which was mixed by Jorge Elbrecht of Violens, also a touring member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. They released a single entitled "Grounded", and an accompanying video, on Pitchfork and Stereogum. Tyler McCauley joined the live lineup on bass guitar in the fall of 2013. John Atkinson from Aa (Big A little a) also began making appearances on backing vocal and percussion duties.

They released their third album Complexion in April 2014 via Personal Projects, part of the Frenchkiss Label Group.

Dinowalrus has been remixed by The Mae Shi,[16] Pink Skull[17] and A Certain Ratio.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Complexion (Personal Projects, June 2014)
  • Best Behavior (Old Flame/Heist or Hit Records, March 2012)
  • % (Kanine Records, January 2010)

7" Singles[edit]

  • "BEAD" (Split with Bachelor of Arts, EXO Records, February 2009)
  • "Electric Car Gas Guitar/Cage Those Pythons" (Impose Records, December 2008)

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