It was all quite fitting really. Matt Bigland of Dinosaur Pile-Up and I were discussing our respective school experiences within a Music Conservatory of Westchester classroom studio, when one minute into our interview, a teacher booted us out of her room. While we moved to a different room within the White Plains, NY music school, the coincidental irony - or lack of a better description - wasn't lost on either of us. Bigland wasn't the best student, but in many ways, he was his own teacher. I'll let you watch the interview to see what I mean by that, and jump right to the point of this post. Dinosaur Pile-Up gained almost instant acclaim in their native England with their debut Growing Pains, which I promise you had nothing to do with Kirk Cameron. The band toured rigorously back then, and no doubt, will do so again in support of their upcoming new album Nature Nurture, which I promise you has nothing to do with Kirk Cameron either. See what I did there? In any event, Bigland sans bandmembers James Sacha and Mike Sheils, performed "Peninsula" - their first single in the states - on A-Sides, and sat down afterwards for that aforementioned chat.
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noun: peninsula; plural noun: peninsulas
...a piece of land almost surrounded by water or projecting out into a body of water.
synonyms: cape, promontory, point, head, headland, foreland, ness, horn, bill, bluff
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Watch the song and interview in two parts. Why two parts for just a seven-minute interview? Because staying true to my school roots, I didn't pull extra credit and put the clips together. Yep, I just edited out that teacher who kicked us out of the room, and left it as is. Now you know why my parents wished I tried a little harder back in the day when it came to my studies. Before you watch, I should tell you the band will be on the road with You Me At Six which easily gets an "A+" in double billing.
We move from dinosaurs to...cats and ninja turtles? Not really but it's a killer segue for a sci-fi article if I ever decide I want to write one up. Taking a page from the classic TV series and the soon-to-be terrible Michael Bay film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sol Cat dubbed their new EP Welcome to Cowabunga and it's all kinds of awesome. It's also a nice hat-tip to a bunch of fake ass-kicking turtles that eat way too much pizza. On an unrelated note, I wonder if Vanilla Ice has a cameo in Bay's TMNT reboot. Googling... hold a minute. Damn! Anyway, let's get back to the psychedelic groove-rock band whose dreamlike sound is as raw as sushi with a danceable rock sensibility. Fresh off five well-received shows at this year's CMJ festival in New York and stops at SXSW along the way, the band (Brett Hammann, Johnny Fisher, Ryan Usher, Aaron Martin, Jaan Cohan, and Jeremy Clark) played "Keep Your Heat" off their EP and sat down for a chat for A-Sides at the Conservatory. Watch them below, and catch these cool cats on the road very soon.
About A-Sides Music
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.
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