SO. Dinosaur Pile-Up are officially all back in the UK and feeling weird, as usual. The US was AMAZING for us and we can’t wait to get back. Everybody was super nice, the fans at shows were SO awesome and fun, and the YMAS boys, Tonight Alive gang, Cute and Conditions dudes we all so so cool to tour with. It was a good time. Pretty sure I’m a diabetic now from the almost TOTAL diet of donuts and coffee, but that’s cool? I also wore this totally shit XXL slazenger jumper for the WHOLE ENTIRE tour. Why? Because it’s all I could afford. Did people think I was a lost metal patient? Yes. Am I lost metal patient? Probably. I wrote a song about it later called Bad Sweater.
We did a bunch of press at the end of the tour in NYC for two days which was pretty funny. There was a lot of video-ing matt trying to play acoustic guitar for things like The Huffington Post on 0% sleep. Let’s guess how that turned out? Actually ok I guess. And me and Mike hung out at our press office on like the 20th floor or something talking to some of the coolest people we’ve ever talked to. Genuinely.
Mike ate Five Guys five times, and got hold of some sweet new Cons. JEALOUS. When we got back we from NYC we went and hung out with some really really REALLY rad label guys from Japan that want DPU to play over there which would be CooooOOOOOooooL. And the main dude looked like a Japanese John Lennon which I was pretty in to. BUT. A word of warning: Don’t try and drink Mr. Label Man From Japan under the table. He will win. And he will have no mercy. We’re now just getting on with studio stuff and writing and hanging out. I think we’re gonna head over to Europe for a little bit at the end of December, and before that we’re probably gonna get out and play some shows in the UK. More details soon don’t worry.
But right now Mike’s sleeping and I’m doing that weird thing when I get off tour and sit in my room for two weeks and write an album. I like, hibernate. It’s weird. I also went and ended up hanging out with the gang at Bleach London yesterday. They were SUPER nice. And they have good music taste.
I wish I could describe all the stuff we saw on the whole tour but I can’t. It’s like my eyes were melting. So I’ll try and quickly describe it in a short list. We saw: Mountains, Lakes, Oceans, Plane Wings, Roads, Coffee, More Roads, OMFG MORE ROADS, Olly Sleeping, Jay Sleeping, Bands Playing Awesome Shows, Fans Queuing Round The Block, City’s, Sky Rises, Bridges, Friendly Drugs, Drug Problems, Alcohol, Big Fucking Trucks, LA, New York, Pizza, More Coffee, 60 Year Old Heavy Metal Dudes You Wish You Were Riding Choppers Fuck Yes, MORE Coffee, Dust Bowls, 16 Hour Drives, No Sleep, Headaches.
SEATTLE TO SALT LAKE. (TWO DAYS AGO or something SORRRRRRRRRRRY)
So we just pulled out of the gnarliest RV parks somewhere up the top of a mountain in Wyoming. Holy SHIT. We did a night drive, arrived in a blizzard and slept in ARCTIC conditions. Five days ago we were in boiling LA heat. I swear we’re gonna get like a years worth of seasons in a month. We were walking from the RV to the WC tryna take a piss through a pitch black blizzard, it was like a scene out of The Thing or something. So funny - in a really kind of “Let’s-just-end-it-all-now” kinda way.
So since the last update, we’ve travelled from Seattle (played a show) to Pendleton Oregon (slept), drove down Route 84 to Twin Falls Idaho (slept in a classic cinema Motel with the drug deals and the hookers outside), got to Salt Lake City (played a show). We met a dude called Nate at the Salt Lake show that came just to see us and was a really nice dude. He was a fan of ours, we hung out and told him he should check out Pulled Apart By Horses, Tigercub, Blood Red Shoes if he wanted more UK grunge/rock bands. Matt (as in me, talking in the third person here, WEIRD) blew out his voice on Arizona Waiting and sounded like crap. We hit a curb, a cone, and a raccoon on a night drive. The curb was ok, the cone was terrifying and the raccoon died. It fucking sucked. First wildlife we saw and we fucking killed it. There was no way around it. So shitty.
Met a bunch of dudes in Seattle that drove like two hours just to come see us. That was fucking cool. They had Growing Pains and Nature Nurture already and they came all that way to see us play six songs. That was really cool. America feels like a second home to us already.
We met a homeless dude last night outside the Salt Lake show. He had nothing but a trolley with his son in it and some clothes. He must have been like mid 30’s, native American. You could tell he was a good person. We gave him all the bucks we could afford. As he walked away he was crying. It was totally fucked. I wonder where he’ll end up, and where his kid will end up too.
In Twin Falls (with the motel, that place was pretty intense) we took a walk round the 24 hour supermarket at about 2am. We stole the mobility scooters and took a joy ride round the whole place. The staff there were too tired to give a shit, or maybe they just didn’t mind. It was the late night supermarket dream, and the giant frozen isle was the superhighway. Jay (our film dude and best bud) was the most skilled of the racers.
Right now I’m looking at snow covered mountains. Looks like Game Of Thrones or something. My mind just got blown.
So last night we played Portland, at the Hawthorne Theatre. It was rad. The place kinda felt like we were playing in a school assembly hall or something. Everybody was really cool and seemed really attentive. After we hung out with the bands and stuff. We went in to the big super market across the road and bought a bunch of Milk Duds and donuts. Standard. There was a massive Grim Reaper on top of the Halloween isle. That was pretty sweet. We slept out the back of the venue, and then this morning we woke up like super early to get on the road, and went to Voodoo Donuts before we ‘skipped’ town. And I have to say, Portland - WELL DONE. Seriously. Voodoo is, just, TOO GOOD.
Anyway. The LA sun has gone and we’re in thick Seattle rain. Which is kinda cool. The RV looks like a recycling station for Budweiser.
We’re playing Seattle tonight which we’re super excited about. And PS my jeans have a hole bigger than my freaking head in them.
WOAH. This is one of the most surreal drives the bands ever done. We’ve finally made it over here to get on the road with YOU ME AT SIX, and we’re currently driving through the mountains between California and Oregon. It’s INSANE. Yesterday we drove through the Great Californian Dust Bowl (mind blown) from San Diego (where we played the night before) to San Francisco (where we’re played last night). HOLY - FUCKING - SHIT.
So, to backtrack, we had to miss the start of the tour because of some visa bullshit - you wouldn’t believe how much paper work you have to go through to even get anywhere near coming to America. And then after all of that - when we actually went down to get the passports etc to travel - James’ wasn’t there! WHUT? So Mike n I flew out, and James got on the first flight the next day - STRAIGHT TO THE FIRST SHOW IN LA. It was HEAVY. It was super cool to get in there, meet all the other bands and everything, and the play to the first US crowd we’ve ever played to on the first US tour we’ve ever done.
Super. Cool. We’re traveling in this RIPPIN’ Holiday RV, which is SO funny because it has a picture of a DOG on the side, a mountain range on the back, and when we get to the venue and say hey to the YMAS boys they have to exit an enormous chrome super sleeper, only to enter our shack on wheels. It’s fucking real. We’ve got our friend Jay filming and shooting the whole thing, he’s half of the team that shot the front cover for Nature Nurture, and also filmed the Peninsula video THAT CAME OUT TODAY!!! By the way - HAVE YOU ALL SEEN THAT YET??? Cool right?? It’s so fun for us to see us playing Leeds and Reading and shit. They were great shows. And plus it has my cat in it so I’m happy. We’ve also got Fitz our sound guy in the truck, and Mr. Olly bailey flinging T shirts.
The LA show was super fucking cool, a massive place called the El Rey Theatre. Two nights ago was this place called Soma in San Diego, and that was so rad. SUCH a cool place. And last night was San Fran-fucking-cisco. SO awesome. We’re living on burrito’s and In N Out burger right now as it’s the West Coast. Oh yeah, and a SHIT LOAD of coffee. Yesterday some dude just gave Fitz a free coffee at a truck stop purely because of his accent - We were like “WHUT??” and then seconds later a guy came up and gave us a whole fucking pizza!! “W-H-U-T??” OK. Are y’all getting off on our accents or do we just look fucking homeless?? Tonight we play Portland, we’re on an 8 hour drive there right now (RAD), and then after the show tonight we’re on another killer drive to Seattle (RADDER). And we’re driving ourselves so you understand the coffee thing.
So - YEAH - The PENINSULA VIDEO.
We figured we’d put that out there as a little H.E.L.L.O. A.M.E.R.I.C.A. So you’ve gotta show it to as many of your friends as possible. And somehow it’s on the FRONT PAGE OF VEVO (?????) so spread that!! We’re gonna be releasing a little E.P of the some of the Album tracks on the 29th of October for the US of A - and then NATURE NURTURE will OFFICIALLY come out State Side early Spring 2014. So we’re pretty pumped.
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