Dinosaur Pile-Up

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Dinosaur Pile-Up
OriginLeeds, West Yorkshire, England
GenresAlternative rock, post-grunge, grunge
Years active2007 (2007)-present
LabelsSo Recordings, Big Brain
Associated actsMother Vulpine, Brawlers, Japanese Voyeurs, This Et Al, Castrovalva, The Old Romantic Killer Band
MembersMatt Bigland
Mike Sheils
Jim Cratchley
Past membersTommy Davidson
James Sacha
Tom Dornford-May
Johnny Seymour
Steve Wilson
Harry Johns

Dinosaur Pile-Up are an English alternative rock band who formed in late 2007. Hailing from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Current members are lead singer and guitarist Matt Bigland, drummer Mike Sheils and bassist Jim Cratchley. Their past members include Steve Wilson (2008-2010), Tom Dornford-May (2008-2010), Tommy Davidson (2008), Harry Johns (2010-2011), James Sacha (2013).


Formation and name[edit]

Dinosaur Pile-Up formed after Matt Bigland's old band Mother Vulpine split up back in 2007. Matt had been creating songs used for Dinosaur Pile-Up whilst he was in Mother Vulpine. Matt recorded a demo tape consisting of the songs "My Rock 'n' Roll", "Love Is a Boat and We're Sinking", "Melanin", "Let's Get Up", "What Howard Said" and "I Get My Direction" whilst he was still in Mother Vulpine. A short time later, after Mother Vulpine broke up, Matt recruited Tom Dornford-May on bass and Steve Wilson on drums to complete the line up.

Matt Bigland has said he thought of the name 'Dinosaur Pile-Up' after watching the 2005 film King Kong. Matt Bigland has said in an interview; "I watched the remake of King Kong. Which was pretty bad! It was ages ago, before this band, or even the idea of this band ever existed. Anyway, there was this part in it where this stampede of dinosaurs, the front one is shot in the leg or something, and it trips up, and then all these huge dinosaurs trip up, roll down this hill, and it just ends up in this massive pile up, and everything in between them survives. I thought it was ridiculous, and as a joke I said, I have to start a band called Dinosaur Pile-Up."[1]

Early releases and line-up change[edit]

Dinosaur Pile-Up then released My Rock 'n' Roll EP in late 2008 and the Traynor 7" and The Most Powerful EP in the Universe in 2009. Also in 2009, they played on the BBC introducing stage at Leeds Festival and were invited on tour with alternative rock group Pixies on their European tour. Then in 2010, Tom Dornford-May and Steve Wilson left the band. Steve Wilson joined the band Japanese Voyeurs (whom Dinosaur Pile-Up would later tour with on the Rock Sound Exposure Tour alongside The Xcerts), and Tom Dornford-May joined the punk rock band Fake Death.[2] Matt Bigland then went into the studio alone to record Dinosaur Pile-Up's debut album Growing Pains, and bassist Harry Johns and drummer Mike Sheils were recruited for the rhythm section for live shows.

Growing Pains[edit]

The recording of Growing Pains took place between late 2009 and early 2010 in the space of about two and a half months. Growing Pains was recorded solely by Matt Bigland playing all the parts on the album in a home studio in Bridlington.[3] After the release of Growing Pains in October 2010, Dinosaur Pile-Up began a full UK tour, also playing in the rock exposure tour and various dates across Mexico, as well as supporting slots with bands such as Feeder, Cage the Elephant, Turbowolf and Twin Atlantic. By August 2011, the band had finished their tour and are set to record their follow up album due to be released at the beginning of 2012. On 1 December, they uploaded to their SoundCloud and Facebook accounts demos of two tracks, "In My Room" and "Thread", which were said to be featured on their second album, 'Nature Nurture', but never made it onto the album, they only appeared as B-sides.[4]

In November 2011, Matt Bigland posted on the Dinosaur Pile-Up website that Harry Johns had left the band to concentrate on his solo project and that two people known as Alessio and Scott were filling in on bass and second guitar.[5] Also, On 8 March 2012, Japanese Voyeurs had announced their breakup and said on their Facebook that their bassist Johnny Seymour had joined Dinosaur Pile-Up.[6] Matt Bigland has also said he was currently in the studio recording the second album and would be recording every instrument on the record as he did on Growing Pains[7]

Nature Nurture[edit]

On 22 January 2013, Dinosaur Pile-Up announced the follow-up to Growing Pains, 'Nature Nurture', with the free-download of 'Lip Hook Kiss' off the band's website. The album was released in the UK in June 2013 and in the U.S. in February 2014 on So Recordings, the rock imprint of Silva Screen Records. To coincide with the band's debut U.S. tour supporting You Me At Six, they released a video for the song 'Peninsula' as well as the U.S. exclusive Peninsula EP. In late February 2014, the band undertook another U.S. tour supporting Middle Class Rut with additional showcases at South by Southwest. They also supported Brand New on a U.S. tour in July 2014. They continued to tour until December 2014, ending their tour in Delhi.

Eleven Eleven[edit]

On 14 December 2014, Dinosaur Pile-Up announced the recording of their third album, 'Eleven Eleven', via an Instagram post.[8] They also revealed to be working with the greatly acknowledged producer Tom Dalgety, who had worked with successful acts like Royal Blood and Turbowolf, in Rockfield Studios. Throughout the next months, various teasers were released on images and videos of the band in the studio, including a YouTube video on working with the famous producer in Rockfield.[9] In the middle of March 2015, after the constant teasing of something being announced at 11:11 of random days,[10] revealed a brand new song entitled '11:11' via a Soundcloud stream[11] and the album title 'Eleven Eleven'.[12] They revealed a teaser for a brand new music video in April of the same year.[13] In May 2015, they also announced the 2nd EP release limited to Japan to be released on 22 July, entitled '11:11 - EP', consisting of new tracks from the album including bonus track, 'Replace Me'.[14][15] The album is set for release worldwide on 16 October 2015, with album bundles including signed vinyl and exclusive T-shirts.[16]

Delayed worldwide release[edit]

Due to lack of a worldwide distributor, the release of Eleven Eleven was delayed by almost a year before being finally released to the rest of the world, meaning, in certain parts of the world, the band were touring an album that had already been out for ages in the UK, but were new everywhere else. This outraged the band, with drummer, Mike Sheils stating in a 2017 interview in the US, 'it's really strange, yeah, as it seems like a lifetime ago we recording the whole thing now, but over here it's fresh as a daisy. It is what it is, mind you, and we're just lucky we finally managed to get it out, there, you know? People seem to be enjoyin' it and we love playing it. It's a new direction for us.' [17]

Celebrity Mansions[edit]

The band’s fourth studio album, Celebrity Mansions, was released on 7 June 2019. The lead single from the album, “Thrash Metal Cassette”, was released in March 2019. The band released their second single from the album 'Back Foot' in May 2019 & third single 'Round the Bend' in June 2019.

Musical style[edit]

Dinosaur Pile-Up usually play in drop C#tuning or Eb tuning with or without a capo, however, several new songs at some live gigs have been played in the past in standard tuning and drop D tuning. They have alternative rock influences from bands like Foo Fighters, Weezer, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pavement,[18] rock acts from the 60s like The Beach Boys and The Beatles, and metal groups such as Slayer and Deftones.[19] They are also often compared with the Seattle grunge scene of the early 90s

They were the opening act on 3 and 5 April 2016, (in the Manchester Academy, and the O2 Academy Brixton respectively) for Weezer, during their summer 2016 tour. Matt Bigland commented on his excitement to play for them, and his admiration for the band.



Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions
2010 Growing Pains 108
2013 Nature Nurture
  • Released: 17 June 2013
  • Label: SO
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
2015 Eleven Eleven
  • Released: 16 October 2015
  • Label: SO
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
169 255
2019 Celebrity Mansions
  • Released: 7 June 2019
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
2008 My Rock 'n' Roll EP
  • Label: Friends vs. Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl
2009 Traynor 7"
  • Label: Friends vs. Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl
2009 The Most Powerful EP in the Universe!
  • Released: 24 August 2009[22]
  • Label: Friends vs. Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download
2013 Peninsula
  • Released: 29 October 2013,[23] 14 July 2014 (Japan)[24]
  • Label: So Recordings/ Silva Screen Recordings Ltd., A-Sketch (Japan)
  • Formats: Digital download, CD (Japan)
2015 11:11
  • Released: 22 July 2015 (Japan exclusive)[25]
  • Label: A-Sketch
  • Formats: Digital download, CD


Year Title Chart Positions Album


2009 "Traynor" Growing Pains
2010 "Birds & Planes"
"Mona Lisa"
2011 "My Rock N Roll"
2013 "Arizona Waiting"[29] 68 Nature Nurture
2015 "11:11" 13 Eleven Eleven
"Grim Valentine"
2019 "Thrash Metal Cassette" Celebrity Mansions
"Back Foot" 40
"—" denotes a title that did not chart or was not released.


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