by / June 14th, 2011 /

Incoming: Dinosaur Pile-Up

Dinosaur Pile-Up are set to play a re-scheduled Dublin show at the Academy 2. The new date is this Friday, June 17th. All tickets for the original show remain valid. The band have also added a new date at The Half Moon Theatre Cork on June 18th.

Dinosaur Pile-Up are an alternative rock band hailing from Leeds, UK composing of lead singer and guitarist Matt Bigland, with bassist Harry Johns and drummer Mike Sheils, their debut album Growing Pains was released in October of last year.

Tickets are priced €12.55, available from Ticketmaster.

We have two pairs of passes to giveaway, mail giveaway@state.ie with your contact details and we’ll be in touch.

Where are you and what’s happening?

I’m in London right now, so I guess I’ll pick there. We’re not really based anywhere right now due to having been on the road for ages. Right now in London I’m spending a lot of time in studios with different producers, getting ready for the second record. I’m writing a lot of new material and I’ve developed an addiction to microwavable popcorn.

What’s it really like touring?

It’s amazing. I’ve learnt the most about ‘life’ on the road as a young person. But it all depends on who you’re with. If you’re in a band with people that you don’t like you’re gonna have a shitty time. Touring is fun, touring is a test of experience. It always gets hard, because you always get tired. But you just have to learn to deal with that. That’s why you need people around you that you genuinely love. Otherwise you’ll end up killing each other in the most awful, horrible, really awful horrible way.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?

I have no idea. It changes from show to show, city to city. We always have a great time in the weirdest of places. York always seems to explode which is odd. Last time we played Wrexham we ended up on the floor and the crowd ended up on the stage. It was REALLY unexpected.

Small sweaty club gig versus festival appearance?

Both. The reason I wanted to be in a band was because I watched my favorite bands playing festivals. I knew I wanted to do that. But then, what you get at a tiny shitty sweaty club show, you can never get at a festival. And visa-versa.

What’s your ideal festival line-up?

That’s a really big question. Let’s just have the Beatles playing. Let’s have Nirvana in there. Let’s have Abba. And put Slayer in there…. And the Ramones?

Tell us a tour story.

Once I drank so much Mezcal (a traditional Mexican spirit) my shit went white. That’s a true story.

What are you reading?

I’m not. I should be. My manager gave me a book by Ann Rand called The Fountainhead for my birthday last year. He said he thought it would change my life. I still haven’t read it, and my life still hasn’t changed.

How about TV, anything good on the box?

I don’t really watch TV. I think a lot of it’s really really bad. Although my favorite show is a American series called Arrested Developement, and when I was 9 years old I used to watch the X-Men cartoon religiously.

What is your favourite record of all time?

Either, The Colour And The Shape [Foo Fighters], or Nevermind [Nirvana]. Obvious but fair. If you didn’t want a complicated answer don’t answer a complicated question.

Who is your favourite current artist?

Maybe Jeff The Brotherhood. Or Torche. Or Prince.

What should we expect from your Dublin show?

Really loud good music. It will be pretty rocking, we’ll be really nice, and you’ll probably meet your dream girl over a mutual love of our band and go back to her place. Done.