Dinosaur 94 have one of the best band names around and the coolest new EP to go with it. Dennis Nedry’s Playlist is filled to the brim with personality, soul, and young talent.
Dinosaur 94 had won me over before I’d even had a chance to listen to their new EP. With a name like Dinosaur 94 and an EP titled Dennis Nedry’s Playlist, I knew that this band already had my heart. Since forming a couple of years ago they have found success locally, playing gigs and doing a number of interviews, but this is the Edinburgh based band’s debut EP, and by the sounds of it, it is still only the beginning for them.
The opening track Remedy Girl begins with a bang of drums and symbols, and before you know you’ve been thrown headfirst into it. There’s nearly a minute of this before we’re counted in and I’m struck immediately by how catchy and lively everything is when it all comes together. The lead’s voice is drawling and dirty and definitely a bit punky, and the changes of pace throughout the song make it multi-layered and exciting. Following this, we have Song of the Century, a favourite of mine, which opens with immediate contrast to its predecessor, as gentle guitar tones guide the listener through. The song has a far more pensive vibe than the others on the EP as well, and lines such as “’cos I’m sinking in the gloom, the dark side of the moon never felt so dark” stay stuck in my mind. The track sounds close, like they’re in the room with me, and towards the end, we fall into an almost conversational moment before there’s a sudden roar of vocals which kicks the song back to life again for the finale. Song of the Century is the shortest full song on the EP and leaves me wanting more. Following this, we have Desert Death Day Prelude – which is a minute and a half of melodic piano – that splits the EP down the middle and creates a calming break between the tracks.
Desert Death Day 0.1 has an introduction that sound almost Western, a chorus with epic vocals, and a showstopping appearance of trumpets towards the finish that keep the track exciting and diverse throughout. Rapidism opens with just a voice and a single accompanying guitar as we are introduced to the story of Timmy. Before long, complex lyrics fly past you and are gone before you know what’s happened, and the track ends on conversational narration and gentle guitar as the story of Timmy comes to a close, saying he is “still stuck on the boulevard of things he doesn’t need” in a wonderfully poetic turn of phrase. The final track Tonight Every Night has a more sombre tone than the other tracks on the EP. It is slow-paced and methodical and feels like a shared secret whispered at night. It centres on the line “it’s so nice to be alone with you tonight”, which is sung with a sense of longing and reminiscence for what no longer is. The harmonisation of vocals towards the end draw out the EP’s finale and leave this track as the longest by far, coming in at just over five and a half minutes. It is a great way to end the musically diverse collection.
Dinosaur 94 are pretty awesome. In Dennis Nedry’s Playlist they show themselves to be diverse both in their lyrics and their music, and their fun and punky style kept me guessing what would come next throughout. I was hung on every track, so keep up the good work, Dinosaur 94, you’re onto something.
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