Last Dinosaurs are an indie-rock band from Queensland, Australia that have been generating a buzz since 2009. The band comprise brothers Sean (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Lachlan Caskey (lead guitar), Michael Sloane (bass guitar) and Dan Koyama (drummer).
Recently, we caught up with Sean to talk shop. And apart from telling us about his obsession with offset guitars and lipstick pickups, the Last Dinosaurs frontman also spilled the beans on a couple of his tour faux pas – a botched attempt at smashing a guitar onstage and an accidental fire alarm mistake among them.
Watch the video above for the full story, and read on to find out more about the band’s Yumeno Garden album.
Road to Yumeno Garden
Last Dinosaur’s debut EP Back From The Dead, released in 2012, and debut studio record In A Million Years, launched in 2012, catapulted them into the spotlight Down Under. Earning high rotations from popular broadcaster Triple J, Last Dinosaurs soon found themselves earning fans across the globe and being invited to bigger festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival and more. They’ve since supported huge names like Foals, Matt & Kim and Foster The People, among others.
Following an extended touring period and a line-up change – former bassist Sam Gethin-Jones left in 2013 – the band announced they were recording their sophomore record in 2014. Wellness was finally released on 28 August 2015, and while it received considerable success, the band has spoken about the “rough time” they had during its recording.
Faced with heavy restrictions and much external pressure, Last Dinosaurs opted to take the independent route for their following project, Yumeno Garden. So the band headed to an old village in Japan famed for its porcelain wares – there, they holed themselves in a studio within a spooky milling warehouse and hit the record button.
The result of this process, according to Sean, is an album that’s quintessentially Last Dinosaurs. “We didn’t care about anyone else, just authenticity,” he told us in our interview with him. “Music should be from the artist’s soul, their hands to the audience.”
Learn more about Yumeno Garden’s recording process in the video above. Visit Last Dinosaurs’ website here.