Photo Credit: Robin Ervolina
Shockwave took a moment to sit with UK band, Dinosaur Pile Up, to talk about what it’s like touring in America, how their song “11:11” came to be and why acoustic sets just aren’t for them.
Go ahead and introduce yourself and what you guys do in the band.
Jim Cratchley: Hello, I’m Jim and I play bass in Dinosaur Pile Up.
Mike Sheils: I’m Mike, I play drums.
So you just played your show, how did that go for you?
Jim: It went really well. We’ve never been here before so we didn’t really know what to expect. We turned up, so it looks a load like England and that makes us feel pretty good.
Mike: It’s real overcast, but it’s really cool though. Considering we played so early it was a really good turn out. People tried to start a pit at like 12:40 in the afternoon. That was kinda surreal, but it was awesome.
You’re getting ready to head back across the pond to have your tour in Europe again. What are you looking forward to about that?
Jim: Uhh, in Europe (laughing) Europe is…
Mike: We really love the States, so going over to Europe is almost like a come down.
Jim: (laughing) It’s difficult to get excited about something when we’re here. We’re going back to something we maybe don’t prefer.
Oh, like stuff you’ve done before.
Jim: Yeah, but in Europe you go from country to country and it changes loads. Like, we’ll see a load of different stuff and the crowds are very different wherever we go. It’ll be a different experience each time.
What makes it so different touring there versus here?
Mike: It’s right on our doorstep. We don’t have to go so far. The crowds from country to country are different. Germany is known for being awesome and it really is. The fans really get behind a band there and you feel it. Same in Holland, actually.
Jim: The Dutch are really good about getting behind people, especially most of the touring we’ve done over there has been as a support act. We’ve done a few things on our own, but in England it’s very much like people are just there to see the headliner. In Europe, people go for an evening or just an event. They get involved from the go.
“11:11” is making the rounds on the radio and Octane. Tell me about what that song means to you personally.
Mike: Me and Jim, we laughed when we first heard it. We were just jamming stuff in our room and this was a riff that we just sorta came up with, and our lead singer went off and wrote the song. He came back and played it to us. We laughed because we were like… is this… is this going to be a song? (laughing) But then we listened to it and we sat with it for awhile and it’s cool now.
Jim: It’s all about when Matt was writing the record and we were rehearsing all the songs, we kinda got this thing about 11:11 going on. I think lots of people do and more people have been telling us about their 11:11 kinda thing. It was just a bit of a joke to us and every time we saw 11:11 on the phone we would send a screenshot to each other.
Make a wish?
Jim: (laughing) Yeah, but that wasn’t really it even. We were just sort of…
Mike: We didn’t know it was a wish thing. It was literally like what we’d see on a receipt, like change, or you’d see it on a page of a book that you’re reading. For like a year we basically noticed it a lot and it was mainly our tour manager who started doing it. Then our lead singer wrote the song and said “This is a song for Olly” and we were like “This is rad!” (laughing)
Well it’s made a hit over here.
Mike: Yeah we were pumped on that, it’s cool.
I saw you guys did an acoustic set online. Do you guys like acoustic sets or do you prefer to do the originals?
Jim: I’ll probably get in trouble for saying it, but originals all the way. Acoustics are important, I suppose. It’s nice to know the songs translate both ways.
Mike: Acoustics are for the media, really, we hate doing it. (laughing)
What do you not like about them?
Mike: It doesn’t represent the songs the way we intended them to
Jim: The last few days we’ve done a few. We were in Lewis doing one and Colorado Springs doing one. Well because “11:11” is the single, we have to play that one. We’re like, how do you play a riff that goes on relentlessly for 3 minutes and make it sound good? (laughing) So we had to go, and when we were in a Red Roof Inn somewhere, we’ve got nothing to do so lets just try to work it out.
Mike: Where we found out several murders have happened. It was a bit of a vibe.
Jim: It was a funny representation, but like I said it’s nice it worked both ways.
Mike: And I hate them more because I’m not involved…
(laughing) Awww, I’m sorry.
Mike: (laughing) It’s a hard life.
Ok, so, jumping into your fan base. What’s your craziest fan experience so far?
Jim: Fan experience? Oh my god, there’s loads of people with Dinosaur tattoos, and lyric tattoos all over them. Yeah, it’s kinda weird.
(laughing) You don’t like that?
Mike: No, it’s awesome.
Jim: Yeah, yeah, it’s really good… it’s just a bit strange.
Mike: That’s not in a judgemental way.
Jim: Oh, no no no. It’s a trip is what I mean.
Who are you looking forward to seeing tonight?
Mike: You know what, we’re driving to Flint, MI straight after.
Jim: We have a show tomorrow, but we wish we were staying for tomorrow.
Aw, well we’re going to miss you guys when you head off. Anything else that you guys want to plug through the magazine or say to your fans?
Jim: The album’s out, you can buy it in physical format… I don’t know where from.
Mike: Many places
Mike: Get in touch with us online, on our social media.
Jim: We get involved in a lot of social media as often was we can.
Well that’s all I have for you guys today. Thank you so much for chatting with me today. I hope you can catch one show before you head off to the next place.
Catch Dinosaur Pile Up on their social media and watch for any upcoming tour dates in America or Europe. If you can’t catch them live, we have you covered with photos from their set at Louder Than Life.
Photo Credit: Robin Ervolina