Having just interviewed Matt Bigland, the lead singer/guitarist for Dinosaur Pile Up at a nearby bar, I was excited to finally see their set at Irving Plaza. Opening for the well-known American hard-rock band Chevelle, the British trio had their work cut-out for them to win over the near-capacity crowd, but easily owned the 28 minutes they were onstage with some fine alt-rock that swayed between grunge and power-pop.
Opening with “Birds & Planes” on a darkened, purple-hued stage, the band played with a measured ferocity that spread throughout the hall. They would continue with feisty takes on “Arizona Waiting” and “Red & Purple” that had many attendees asking who these dudes were; always a good sign for the first band out of three on a bill.
“White T-Shirt” was the most poppy tune of their 7 song set, but had enough crunchy guitar throughout that it held the ‘hard-rockin’ crowd’s attention. Dinosaur Pile Up would end with arguably their best song “11:11,” which is so undeniably catchy and hard-rockin’, I listened to it a few more times after I arrived home after the gig.
If you plan on catching Chevelle for the next month, including tonight again at Irving Plaza, be sure to get there early to catch Dinosaur Pile Up, you won’t be disappointed.
Article: Shayne Hanley