Leeds native Matt Bigland returns with the third full length Dinosaur Pile-Up album Eleven Eleven. Since its conception as a side project during his days in Mother Vulpine they have gone from strength to strength, despite occasional changes in line-up. The debut EP and two subsequent albums received glowing reviews and the great many fans they have accumulated will be delighted to hear that this latest offering is exactly what you would expect from them, but with a few minor tweaks for the better.
The LP opens with "11 11", the moody bass line intro is simultaneously catchy, uplifting and grungy with plenty of attitude and swagger. As with all Biglands work it's the unfathomable ease with which he combines joy and angst, light and shade, which makes for such a compelling and enjoyable experience. "11 11", vaguely reminiscent of some Papa Roach material, is followed by "Red And Purple" which is a return to their more familiar style, much more orientated towards big, upbeat and hard-hitting choruses.
The album continues in much the same vein, its Dinosaur Pile-Up being Dinosaur Pile-Up, Its similar to their previous work and they are the masters of that style. It's nothing we haven't heard from them before but it's still great even on first listen, and the more you familiarise yourself with it the more loveable it becomes.
Words - Gary Sykes
Eleven Eleven is released on the 16th of October on SO Recordings and the band will be on tour through November at the following destinations:
02.11.15 - Birmingham - Rainbow
03.11.15- Newcastle - Think Tank
04.11.15- Glasgow - King Tuts
06.11.15- Manchester - Ruby Lounge
07.11.15 - Leeds - Key Club
08.11.15- Nottingham - Bodega
09.11.15- Norwich - Waterfront Studio
11.11.15- London - Tufnell Park Dome
12.11.15 - Bristol - Exchange
13.11.15- Brighton - Bleach
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