Looking ahead to his debut EP, Dinosaur Beard reveals the top five albums that influenced his indie-rock sound.
Last week Melbourne artist Dinosaur Beard blessed our ears with his latest offering, translucent skin. The enchanting and esoteric new single is the first track unveiled from her upcoming debut EP, A mountain of cotton goldset to launch on Friday, October 14.
Now the rising indie-rock musician has revealed the top five albums that have influenced his incredible sound.
#5 – Interpol: Turn on the bright lights
“I remember hearing this album when it came out. I was in Queensland and became obsessed with it,” says Dinosaur Beard, speaking of the American rock collective, Interpol’s 2002 debut record.
He keeps on, “It was such a stark comparison to being in beautiful sunny Queensland and listening to that dark, brooding NYC music. It moved me and I fell in love with how cinematic the music was, atmospheric and passionate When I was in New York a few years ago I went to a great exhibit called “Meet you in the bathroom” which was a great exposition of the band and many other great music from the band. era in New York.
#4 – Postal mail: Lush
Released in 2018, this studio album by indie-rock artist Snail Mail was a key source of inspiration when creating Dinosaur Beard’s next EP, A mountain of cotton gold.
“I was obsessed with this album throughout the making of this EP,” he explains. “Especially the song ‘Pristine’. There’s everything I love in a song. Heartfelt lyrics, catchy choruses and impressive, punchy garage sound. It really moves me every time I listen to it!
#3 – At the Drive-In: command relationship
Released in 2000, the post-hardcore group from Texas was very influential for its DIY approach: “I was lucky enough to see ATDI play as a teenager, just before they broke up,” said Dinosaur Beard.
“I remember being impressed with their super DIY punk rock approach to their music. The way they would set up their own stage and check the sound themselves. Their live show was purely electrifying and was my first real introduction to punk rock. I’ve taken this DIY approach to all of my music over the years, whether it’s putting together my own shows, making my own film clips, artwork, or recordings.
#2 – Bjork: Homogeneous
Speaking on Bjork’s 1997 Grammy-nominated album, Dinosaur Beard said: “This album is incredible. Bjork is such a polarizing and brilliant artist. I admit that it took me a while to get into his music. It wasn’t until long after that release that I discovered it and became obsessed with it. The avant-garde nature of his music is so interesting. The way she experiments and charts her own path as an artist inspires me a lot.
#1 – The Smashing Pumpkins: Machina/The Machines of God
“It was one of those albums that I hadn’t listened to for a long time and that came back to me in full force”, says Dinosaur Beard, referring to the Smashing Pumpkins’ widely celebrated fifth studio album. “I had it in heavy rotation throughout the writing of these songs. It’s such a dynamic album. I love Corgan’s esoteric instrumentation and lyrics on this album. I was spending the morning watching live shows from that era, then I would spend all day writing and recording with the mood in mind.