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Last Dinosaur Standing

Founding Member Of Last Dinosaurs Quits Band

Since the release of their 2012 masterpiece In A Million Years…Brisbane based indie four-piece, Last Dinosaurs have been highly regarded in Australia, playing string after string of sold out shows to adoring crowds around the country who lapped up tickets like a herd of thirsty llamas.

But disaster has struck this week. Whilst in the middle of being bunkered away to work on the already anticipated sophomore release, it was revealed that Bassist and founding member Sam Gethin-Jones will be leaving the outfit, announcing his departure via the band’s facebook page. In the post, he says, “…Sam here. I come with the unfortunate news that I will no longer be a part of Last Dinosaurs. For the band to move forward in the strongest way possible it is best that we part ways now. I can honestly say that the best experiences in my life have been with the guys, and I’ll always be grateful for the memories we’ve shared.”

Now, this is sad news indeed. When The Indie Rock Summit was still playing it old-school and hosting our biz on blogger, I highlighted In A Million Years…as album of the month in July 2012 (I think?) and have been very keen for the follow up ever since. There’s always that tightening of a fan’s stomach when an original member leaves as thoughts of hopelessness and despair cross our minds, especially when it’s a band with a short catalogue like Last Dinosaurs. Will the rest of the band fall apart? If not who will replace this memeber? Will the music go down the drain? I’m afraid of change!!

The band, and Gethin-Jones himself, assures us that the second album is still on track and is sure to “blow our minds”. Whatever it turns out to be, let’s just hope that the departure of young Gethin-Jones doesn’t make the hugest impact on the all important second release, which is sometimes the decision maker on whether a band stands the test of time. Will this departure bring on the threat of extinction in the long run? With gems like these from the first album, I certainly hope not.

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Album Of The Month: September




Once again it was an easy choice for album of the month in September. Last Dinosaurs newest release, ‘In A Million Years’ is super consistent from beginning to end. I’ve already displayed their single Zoom in Issue Four of our Whamtam Ten and it’s safe to confirm that the rest of the album is just as good, if not better.

After Zoom they shoot straight out with the absolutely amazing track I Can’t Help You  (my favourite on the album) which shoots between edgy rock and that brit pop style indie verse that makes you so enthusiastic about everything you want to shout along all chorus long. Songs like Weekend and Honolulu turn down the fast paced harder style that some of their stuff have and make for some seriously catchy, chilled out tracks. Their track Andy reminds me a lot of that fun, bouncy style that Two Door Cinema Club got so famous doing and continues to show off how versatile In A Million Years really is.

Basically, this album is a perfect glimpse into how fricken good Australian music really is getting (or has gotten rather) at the moment. I’ve been scouring through this album over and over again from beginning to end the whole month and I can’t recommend any higher. If you get a chance, buy it. Don’t think about it. Buy it. You won’t regret.

Issue Four

We are back with a vengeance as the last two weeks we have been balls deep in the release and discovery of an outrageous bunch of new artists and albums (to my world at least) which means this weeks top ten is just packed with face-melting awesomeness. There’s actually a few very well known acts in here as well as of course a few repeat offenders that have popped up a few times in this series so far. All I can recommend before starting is that the singles displayed here were pain stakingly picked out of a collection of crazy good catalogues and are only a window into the much more exciting finds that are the entire albums of each band.

10. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun

I’m not too sure how I feel about this album just yet. After a few listens this was the only song that really stood out to me. It’s a tough ask to deliver something new and equally as awesome after the consistent pistol of a debut that was “Tourist History”, and to be brutally honest I’m not so sure “Beacon” will go down in the history books as the album to remember TDCC by. Despite this, the song is great and it scored a few dozen listens in the last two weeks, so don’t take my word for it; check out the album for yourselves.

 
 
9. The White Panda – Nightcity
 
Although my playlists so far may not reflect this, I am a massive fan of mashups. Many of you may not know of The White Panda but they are similar to bands like Girl Talk in that all their songs are just mashed together sections from other songs. Unlike Girl Talk however, White Panda just sticks to a two song format. This is a wicked mix of something from the movie Tron (I’m told) and Rack City by Tyga which is just hilarious without this epic backing. They have a new album out called “Bambooyah” which is out now on bandcamp.com now for free (if you choose to donate $0.00).
 
 

 
 
8. Cut Off Your Hands – You Can Do Better
 

I saw Cut Off Your Hands a live a few times before heading overseas for two years and was dreaming of their new album ever since. Apparently I missed it by a whole year as their sophomore effort Hollow was released late last year and I never even knew. Not to worry, I found it this week and after a listen “Down & Out” was clearly the hot favourite. It’s kind of reminiscent of their first album but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Despite this, I can’t find that track on Youtube so here is the single “You Can Do Better”. If you like the sound, source out Down & Out on the album Hollow. Also, these guys are amazing live so if you get the chance to see then it’s not to be missed!
 
 

 
 
7. Satellite Stories – Sirens (Slow Magic Remix)
 
Coming in as the second mixed song on the playlist this week, it was one of the only standouts on a dissapointing September BIRP! playlist. I don’t know much about the band, the song or the mixers but it doesn’t really matter. It’s a good friggen song and deserved the continuous repetition that occured in my car earlier.
 
 

 
 
6. Van She – Jamaica
 
I was quick to dismiss most of their new album after bringing Tears in at number one a few weeks ago. I was wrong. I believe this is the second single off Idea Of Happiness and as I saw the clip at a bar in Queenstown the other week it definitely worked better in a party/social atmosphere. It made me go back and give it another chance and now I’m hooked. Sporting that jungle funk vibe that a lot of bands are picking up these days, you can’t help but bop your head and waves your arms around like some tribal figure…or someone who’s tripping balls.
 
 

 
 
5. Betamaxx – DEERHEAD/LIONHEART
 
This is another one of those BIRP! songs that made it past the first few seconds of screening and held my attention enough to get to the end where it really shines. This song was severely abused throughout the last two weeks as I continuously fast forwarded to the saxophone breakdown at the end. Once again I don’t know much about the band or song but to be honest it sounds like a one hit kind of thing. No offense Betamaxx I’m sure you’re loved in respected circles, at least you made it to top five once in your career.
 
 

 
 
4. The Royal Concept – Goldrushed
 
I warned you all that they would be in here. They came in a solid number ten last week and upon further research I discovered they have other songs (which also sound a lot like Phoenix). Among said other songs is the solid number “Goldrushed” which showcases Swedish indie at its finest. These guys are actually super talented though; I saw a clip of them doing a 50’s number acapella in some hotel lobby and was impressive to say the least. Anyway, enjoy the “Live” (and I put that in air quotes cause it’s obviously edited by the studio) studio version of Goldrushed.
 
 

 
 
3. Gold Fields – Summer in the City
 
I find it hard to believe that another Gold Fields song came in higher than Treehouse did the other week. Main reason is, this song is just fresher to my ears. Many of you may have heard this cheeky little number in the background of the XXXX Gold Summer Bright commercials all over the tele. Thanks to the gracious chaps over at the beer company, this track is downloadable for free I’m told. It’s a cover of a seventies funk song but like everything else Gold Fields does, its a masterpiece in its own right. Great song to strut to.
 
 
 
 
2. Last Dinosaurs – Zoom
 
Not too sure how old this single actually is. I’m assuming its a little old because whenever I asked people if they’d hear of Last Dinosaurs their responses were generally “pfft…of course I have”. Despite living under a rock downgrading my capacity as a judge here on The Whamtam Ten, this song definitely deserves the spot. As a matter of fact, the whole album In a Million Years… deserves the number two spot. I have played every single song as consistently as this and its in a good spot for Album of the Month this month.
 
 

 
 
1. Bloc Party – V.A.L.I.S
 
I’ve been hearing mixed reponses about Bloc Party’s new effort, Four. Most people are unsure about how they feel on the topic. I am indeed one of those people as my first listening just threw me off immediately. V.A.L.I.S however, completely saved the record for me. It’s such a good song on its own that I will retract any criticism I’ve made on the new album and say that this song carries it into being a top effort. Ok, maybe that’s a bit too much to ask; but you can tell by my overwhelming enthusiasm about the song why it came in at number one.
 
 

 
 
So. That’s it, that’s all. Issue four done and dusted. Capiche. Endo story. All wrapped up into a neat little package. Once again if you have anything to add or hints at good music just comment. More content to come in the intermission between now and Issue Five!