Thursday, October 24, 2019

Doors at 7:00pm
Tickets available at and Red Cat Records
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MRG Concerts Presents:
Last Dinosaurs
w/ Born Ruffians

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Imperial Vancouver
Doors at 7:00pm / 19+

Pre-Sale: Wednesday March 27, 2019 @ 7:00AM use the password: HAPPY
General On-Sale: Friday March 29, 2019 @ 10:00AM
Ticket available via:
Red Cat Records & Red Cat Records – Hastings


Last Dinosaurs
Arita, Japan, is an otherworldly place.
An ancient village that last experienced an economic and cultural
boom 300-400 years ago, Arita is now almost a ghost town, littered
with old abandoned houses and overgrown with peace blossoms and Japanese maple trees. It’s a quiet, tranquil and contemplative place to be. It’s also the place where Last Dinosaurs decided to escape to record their first new material in the aftermath of the release of their acclaimed 2015 Wellness LP.

It was early 2017, and the band had just spent more than 12 months
on the road playing shows in support of Wellness, all the while filing
away inspirations and ideas that would fill their next chapter as a band. It was a time for them to search for new inspiration, and so they packed what was essentially a mini studio (one mic, one interface, speakers, a computer and a few instruments) and travelled to the isolated town of Arita. The band’s principal songwriters, Sean and Lachlan Caskey, are of Japanese heritage, so in some ways this was a pilgrimage to find their roots, and yet once there, it dawned on them quickly that the place itself was completely foreign.

“We went there to seek isolation,” explains Sean. “Somewhere very
regional, very quiet. We wanted to feel like real outsiders in a place for some reason. Often, we don’t feel like we really belong in Brisbane or Australia musically (even though we love being a Brisbane band), but wanted to record somewhere where that isolation could be felt everywhere, all the time, so we could properly capture it.”

It was here they penned a string of songs that would go on to form their third album, and included in that bunch was their huge new
single, ‘Eleven’. ‘Eleven’ has already been earmarked as a future
classic of the band, thanks to the irresistibility of the swirling guitars,
boom-boom-bap drumming, and Caskey’s dynamic vocal performance recalling Discovery era Daft Punk one moment, before diving to his lower register and delivering a vintage Julian Casablancas. It’s subtly emotional, slightly jagged, and slathered in a beautifully distorted sheen.

It’s initial inspiration though, came from a much more raucous
environment than the serenity of Arita within which it was recorded.

“We were at Splendour In The Grass a few years ago, watching The
Strokes play and I was immediately inspired,” says Sean. “I went home and wrote this song on my brand-new Rickenbacker guitar, even writing my first proper guitar solo for the track, and it ended up being one of the first of a new batch of songs that informed our upcoming album.”

‘Eleven,’ stands in many ways as the perfect counterpart to the wallop that was the band’s comeback single ‘Dominos,’ which has been dominating the airwaves since the start of the year. Both songs
combine to give a nod to Dino’s earlier, guitar driven sound, while
reinforcing the impeccable pop song structure they’ve developed
through their last six years in the spotlight. ‘Eleven,’ most notably, is a marriage of all that’s come before it – the driving guitars of In A Million Years and the assured pop dynamics of Wellness – presented with a revitalised, effervescent energy they drew from Arita.

“This album has been a lot about revisiting our roots in every way,”
says Sean. After hearing ‘Eleven,’ you’d be hard pressed to argue with him.

December 2018 found the release of their third single from Yumeno Garden, ‘Bass God’. Sean explains, “The song is lyrically about looking within for direction and guidance instead of to a higher power, but it originated by a strange day dream I had about the bass god, a tall, long haired, colourful faced-painted bass rock god playing all the epic bass lines that united everyone in a euphoric trance.”

To finish off the year Last Dinosaurs will be playing Beach Life Festival in Adelaide headlined by The Kooks on December 28. They will then be spending New Years Eve in Melbourne performing at NYE on the Hill.

2019 is kick started with Last Dinosaurs appearing at the Australian
Open Janurary 24 playing alongside Birds of Tokyo.

Following the release of Yumeno Garden, Last Dinosaurs will be touring Australia in March 2019 hitting Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with multiple sold out shows, as well as shows in Adelaide and Perth.

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