After sharing their sunny new single ‘CDMX’, Brisbane indie-rock trio Last Dinosaurs are proud to announce their forthcoming full album From Mexico With Love which will be released on November 4th via Nettwerk. The ten-song effort was self-produced by the trio with the help of Australian producer James Agnus. Pre-order/pre-register From Mexico with Love (here).
To celebrate their upcoming new album, Last Dinosaurs announces a global scavenger hunt contest! The group invites fans and followers around the world to participate by pre-recording From Mexico With Love here or by visiting here. Enter to play the “LOST DINOS” puzzle and stay tuned for the grand prize announcement and more details to follow!
Last Dinosaurs is also gearing up for its North American tour which kicks off at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on May 31 with support from Rebounder, Boy Wonder and Okamoto’s on select dates. The tour will culminate at the Lollapalooza Music Festival on Thursday, July 28 before making their big return to Mexico to play in Monterrey, Guadalajara, and a 2-night run in Mexico City.
Tickets are selling out fast with Los Angeles, Austin, Brooklyn, Washington, DC and the first night in Mexico City sold out! Check out the full list of tour dates below!
Despite coming to Australia, indie rock band Last Dinosaurs sound like they’re an international company – and they’ve got a track record to prove it. The Lachlan Brothers and Sean Caskey, along with Michael Sloane, have played sold-out shows and festivals across the UK, Europe, South East Asia, South Africa and the Americas. The success of studio albums, In a Million Years, Wellness and, more recently, Yumeno Garden, has taken them around the world.
Given this, it’s all the more interesting that their next studio album, From Mexico with Love, was written at a time when the world stood still. While living the life of an international rock star is good material to write about, “what’s deep is being alone,” remarks Lachlan.
When Australia closed its borders due to COVID, Lachlan found himself stuck in Canada before heading to Mexico to work on the album in creative solitude. Sometimes the magic comes from chaos because Lachlan found a source of creativity and as soon as Australia opened, Lachlan took his raw material home to the band to produce From Mexico with Love.
While the songwriting was a solo act, the band agrees that it’s the finishing touches that are so important to the sound. This is where the collaboration with Sean, lead guitarist, and Sloane, on bass, comes in. The melodies are funky and catchy. Electric guitar riffs paired with smooth vocals, a simple, happy feel: the kind of music you want to roller skate to under a disco ball. But the lyrics are anything but simple.
The result is an electric testament to the DIY tradition that explores the places we go not just outside but inside. Inside, landscapes range from gratitude and exhaustion from touring in the opener, “Hanson’s Ghost,” to feeling left behind a familiar life in “Look Back.” He talks about taking risks for love in “Put Up with the Weather!” With “Collect Call”, Lachlan thinks of forgotten dreams and lets go on an incredibly catchy melody.
Luckily for us, Mexico was more than just a place of quarantine. It was an inspiration as complex as the album itself, a fact that is honored in the album title and the song “CDMX”.
“In Mexico, I had a lot of time to think about life, to face the demons and just understand. But there were also blissful moments where I felt so free,” Lachlan says of the process of ‘writing.
Given that, it’s no surprise that the flowing, sunny songs contain real messages about personal work and growth. Songs like “Self-Sabotage” and “Note to Self” deal with the reality that sometimes we’re the ones getting in our way. In “Can’t Afford Psychoanalysis”, Lachlan sarcastically sings “I think I might need some psychoanalysis”. (Something he’d probably recommend to the posers he sings about in “The Hating.”) In “When Pigs Fly,” the ending track, deep feelings of doubt and pessimism float over a bright, airy melody.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to associate such intense feelings with melodies inspired by “Japanese urban pop”, this paradoxical nature is part of their musical DNA. Half-Japanese, the Caskey brothers attribute it to their upbringing watching Studio Ghibli films. “They border on heartbreak, but the music is soft,” says Sean. “That’s where I got my melodic sense. I think melancholy is an integral part of Japanese culture.”
For Lachlan, it’s the hidden nature of these messages that makes them even more powerful: “The melancholy was what made us want to be musicians in the first place,” Lachlan says, “The Strokes, The Beach Boys. C It’s the idea that someone who really listens would say it’s a sad song, but a passive listener wouldn’t get it.”
Now, with From Mexico with Love, an album about exploring the world around and within us, Last Dinosaurs are more than ready to pick up momentum where they left off and share their new music with the world. For starters, that means an international headlining tour in Europe and the UK, over 20 headlining shows in the US and Canada, and a multi-single and album release campaign. in Mexico, Southeast Asia and South America.
After that? Maybe Madison Square Garden, or travel to Russia to play shows. As Lachlan says, “Australians have a natural urge to explore”, which might explain why, despite being so far away, Last Dinosaurs has only just begun.
Watch the new music video here:
USA SUMMER TOUR DATES
May 31 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge – ALMOST GONE!
June 01 – Toronto, ON @ The Axis Club
June 03 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
June 04 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage – SOLD OUT
June 05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry @ The Fillmore
June 08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – SOLD OUT
June 10 – Nashville, TN @ out/in
June 11 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Terminal West
June 13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio – ALMOST GONE!
June 14 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s – SOLD OUT
June 15 – Dallas, TX @ Studio at the Factory
June 17 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
June 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Hive
June 20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
June 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theater
June 22 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos – ALMOST GONE!
June 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
June 25 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
June 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater – SOLD OUT
July 28 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
MEXICO TOUR DATES
July 06 – Monterrey, MX @ Nodriza – DATE ADDED
July 08 – Guadalajara, MX @ Anexo Independencia
July 09 – Mexico City, QC @ Foro Indie Rocks – SOLD OUT
July 10 – Mexico, City, QC @ Foro Indie Rocks – 2ND SHOW ADDED