by Andrew Crisp
Though it features both surfer rock guitar and synth percussion, Brooklyn's Dinosaur Feathers bears no vestigial instrumental elements. The band's sound evolves from track to track with influences ranging from Paul McCartney to Animal Collective. What was once a three piece comprised of guitarist Greg Sullo, bassist Ryan Michael Kiley and Derek “Duck” Zimmerman on keys, Dinosaur Feathers recently brought drummer Nick Brooks into the fold. However the three-part harmonies between Sullo, Kiley and Zimmerman are still the focal point of these feathered lizards.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., band is informed by a love of classic rock. Its debut album, Fantasy Memorial, is a culmination of online releases and hype the gang garnered playing shows in the NYC area. With an energetic vibe reminiscent of the Bee Gees, the track “Body Parts—Doing Things” is all good times dancin’ disco and the funky bass lines and synth beat serve that aim.
“Please, Please George,” an online-only track, is essentially the early years of the Beatlemania despite some feedback droning from the guitars and electronica. “I know it might seem fine / but your words were so much brighter than mine / winter’s coming and you’re running out of time,” sings the Dinosaur Feathers gang, the track an undeniable nod to the Fab Four.
Only these guys could turn “Teenage Whore” into a soulful rock track, complete with a frenetic outro that perfectly matches a music video, which netted them a win at the 2011 Los Angeles Music Video Festival.
Dinosaur Feathers will play the Treefort Music Fest on Thursday, March 22 at the Red Room from 11-11:40 p.m.