Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions (2019)


Formed on 2007 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, Dinosaur Pile-Up is the brain child of singer/guitarist Matt Bigland.  On Celebrity Mansions, their fourth full length release, Dinosaur Pile-Up deliver an album that I’m happy to say, quite simply rocks.

Thrash Metal Cassette is about as big as a hard rock song can get.  The riffs are unhinged and powerful, while the vocals are almost snarled at the listener.  It’s an immaculate opener.  Back Foot still features the big riffs, but the verses here introduce a rap style, which might not be for everybody, but it puts me in mind of Australia’s Regurgitator, and I can really get behind that!

Stupid Heavy Metal Broken Heart has a fast paced punk rock feel, that then delivers huge song along choruses.  Honestly, I had never heard of Dinosaur Pile-Up until I hit play on this record, but I am enjoying the hell out of it.  It’s a great fun rock record that covers a lot of bases.

The title track is a more subdued affair, introducing a grungier, almost stoner rick vibe.  Again, this is a great record for somebody with eclectic tastes, which is me in a nutshell.  Continuing on through Round the Bend, the band deliver a solid radio rock song, the sort of thing I can hear a modern day Blink 182 having great success with.

Pouring Gasoline offers up some very solid work from the rhythm section, coupled with fuzzy guitar, but the fuzz doesn’t come at the expense of melody.  Black Limousine is another huge radio ready rocker – think Foo Fighters.  Dinosaur Pile-Up certainly can do it all, and do it quite well.

K-West is funky and quirky and simply put, a great deal of fun, while Proffesional Freak offers up a look at the freaks of society.  A subject that a lot of people can probably relate to.

Long Way Down is the closing track, and it’s abother giant radio friendly rocker.  A little more stripped back in the verses, with some interesting guitar elements at play, before launching in to another mammoth chorus.

Dinosaur Pile-Up are great, and I’ll be checking out the back catalogue for sure.


Review by Shayne McGowan

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