This month’s edition of in clouds I am presenting Dinosaur Bones. This Canadian indie rock band was formed in 2008 in Toronto consisting of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Ben Fox, bassist Branko Scekic, keyboardist David Wickland, drummer Lucas Fredette, and guitarist Josh Byrne.
Their first self titled four-song EP effort created enough buzz to garner two XM Verge Music Award nominations, for Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. In October 2010, Dinosaur Bones signed an international record deal with Canadian independent record label Dine Alone Records (City & Colour, Tokyo Police Club, Alexisonfire). This is exactly how I was introduced to this spectacular band. This month I received a press release announcing that Dine Alone Records released a 20 track Summer Sampler. Dinosaur Bones had a new track on this free album titled Spins In Circles, which is off of their new album, Shaky Dreams which is going to be released August 6th. Dinosaur Bones teamed us with producer John Congelton (The Walkmen, St.Vincent). In their announcement they said that the band found themselves immersed in a study of sound, peeling back layers of their songs and taking them in new directions.
My Divider was, and is the album made for fans of moody ’90s indie rock and post-hardcore, as well as the more guitar-centric bands from the ’00s who mix atmosphere with catharsis. The album opener “Making Light” sets the stage, as it’s very representative of My Divideras a whole, with it’s fiery guitar and rumbling bass evoking …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s blend of intimate emotion and intense fist-pumping action. While there is some lighter-sounding fare on the album, most notably the mildly catchy jangle-pop of “Bombs in the Night”, is it’s primarily a crestfallen pursuit- nonetheless, as enticing as the remainder of the record. All in all, this is poet-slamming, post punk quintet is hot right now, and has been added on my music watch list.
– Review By Lana Nimmons, Published in August 2013 Vandala Magazine