Having played Last Dinosaurs' previous two singles "“ "Honolulu" and "Zoom" - to death, I was rather excited to get my hands on a copy of their debut album In a Million Years. Due for release on March 2, this album has been highly anticipated, and after listening to it I can tell you it's definitely worth the wait.
Formed in 2007, this tight-knit group has bided their time, supporting the likes of Foals and We Are Scientists, before releasing their debut EP Back from the Dead in 2010. With In a Million Years, these young men have delivered an album of substance and longevity, something the majority of musicians fail to accomplish.
Escaping the Queensland floods of 2011 (where three-quarters of the state was declared a disaster zone), Last Dinosaurs found refuge at the farm of Jean-Paul Fung, one of the most sought-after producers in Australia. After recording took place, the album was mixed in the UK by Eliot James, who has worked with Two Door Cinema Club and Kaiser Chiefs.
The album is brimming with hits, ranging from sparkling and lively to thoughtful and reflective. This is a true sign of talent, being able to switch effortlessly. As well as the aforementioned singles, any of the remaining tracks could be pinpointed as standouts - making my job rather difficult. "Andy" is power-pop as it should be, an upbeat groove combined with strong percussion and a memorable chorus. "I Can't Decide," while heavier, maintains Last Dinosaurs' signature authoritative bass, while the lyrics in "Sunday Night" touches on growth brought on by the value of experiences. Finally, new single "Time and Place" channels Two Door Cinema Club's frantic tempos and echoing vocals to perfection
This is probably the first album of 2012 which has truly captured my attention. Very big things await for Australia's freshest Indie-Pop stars.