- Mon, 2010-09-27 12:00
If the whispers of a full-blown grunge revival that have abounded in recent times are to come good, then Dinosaur Pile Up will be at the forefront of the movement. Hailing from Leeds, the three-piece have been making one hell of a racket for a couple of years now, winning the praises of big-name tastemakers like Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens among others. With their debut album due out very shortly indeed, new single Mona Lisa looks set to pave the way for their ascendancy.
Lead singer Matt Bigland has made no secret of the fact that Foo Fighters are his biggest idols, and their influence on Mona Lisa is clear to see. However, it should be stressed that it’s the Foo Fighters of songs like I’ll Stick Around and Monkey Wrench who hold sway in Dinosaur Pile Up’s court, and not the stadium rock that dominated that band’s later albums. Mona Lisa is all about the frantic, viscerally energetic side of grunge, not the radio friendly unit shifters that people looked for from the genre post-Smells Like Teen Spirit. This is Bleach-era Nirvana or Frogstomp-era Silverchair: it’s catchy - sure - but in a loud, no frills way.