Brisbanite indie-rock band Last Dinosaurs have come a long way since first sending their demo in to Triple J Unearthed. Their debut EP Back From The Dead revealed a young band with strong pop sensibilities but a very upbeat feel and strong guitar backing.
Last Dinosaurs: Million Years
These impressions are reinforced and developed with their first album, In A Million Years. Every track on the album barrels on with a relentless feeling of movement. Not content to sit still, this album encourages dancing and movement of all kinds to match the upbeat tempo of the lyrics and music. Tracks like Sunday Night follow a traditional pop structure, with catchy choruses and accentuating guitar but it is ultimately the drums that hold this together and keep the album flowing. Drummer Dan Koyama can hold his head high with the vital role he plays in this album, never drawing attention from Sean Caskey’s lyrics and singing, but consistently ensuring songs do not feel dry or old.
This album is still that of a developing band. Despite the many strong musical elements on display, there is still a rudimentary feel to many of the songs, a predictability. The rhyming of lyrics and the heavy pop sensibilities ensure that by the end of the album you feel you know what is coming next. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it does ensure each track is engraved a little bit on your memory. However, Last Dinosaurs will need to expand their sonic palette in future if they are to continue to remain relevant and if they are to cultivate a legion of true fans, rather than a bunch of people who know one or two of their songs. Andy and Honolulu both sound, at the start, like they are about to venture into new, grander, territory but once the introduction has ended they very quickly revert to the musical formula of the rest of the album.
In the end, this is an enjoyable, inoffensive record that would be at home blasting from your speakers on a Saturday night. It will not blow your mind, they will probably not be your favourite band after listening to this album, but they will entertain you and should make you interested to see what they do next.