Back in the early 90’s, Aberdeen seemed like an odd place to birth one of the music industry’s most influential bands of all time: Nirvana. Their grunge style was hard to compete with, and with the release of their classic album ‘Nevermind’ along with infamous single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ they pretty much dominated the face of radio, MTV ane everything inbetween.
Fast-forward to 2010 and Leeds has birthed their own more modernised version of a grunge misfit three-piece, Dinosaur Pile-Up. Single ‘Birds And Planes’ sounds very much like a band fed on a palette of bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and anything else circa the grunge period but rebooted and reprogrammed to today’s music scene.
Like all good grunge tracks, ‘Birds And Planes’ has guitar and bass riffs that sound like they’ve crawled through sludge and muck, and primal drum beats that sound like they’re being attacked with precision and technique by a gorilla. With all that there, ‘Birds And Planes’ is a single that is too simplistic and flat to imprint a lasting effect in your memory.
Of course comparing Dinosaur Pile-Up with the likes of Nirvana is always going to make them sound terrible, but that’s besides the point. Dinosaur Pile-Up have got the sound down tight, they just need the passion to boost it forward.
Written by Zach Redrup