Interview: Show Me A Dinosaur

Photo by Roman Prikazchikov

Show Me A Dinosaur, hailing from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, is a four piece post-rock band who kicked off their musical journey four years ago with ‘Evolvent’. They came back last year presenting a more mature, dynamic and darker sound with their release ‘Dust’, proving that we can expect a lot more  from these young fellows. We got in touch with them to give us more insight about their inspirations, the new release and what they have planned for the future.

Almost a year passed since the release of your latest record Dust, which was very well received by the music scene, ending up on our best music choices for 2014. How do you feel about the album’s reception so far?

To be honest we didn’t expect this result when we were working on the album. Of course we tried to do our best, but the feedback has inspired us to work harder! So we will try to release something even better.

Going through this record and the previous one, it seems that many specific incidents contributed  ideas and inspiration to the tracks, Bhopal, for example.  What does this incident represent to you and what are the other aspects that inspired you during the composing of Dust?

You know, most of our tracks were inspired by some ideas, like Bhopal and Drawing The Line. So these song-names highlight things we want to say, just like our music. Of course not every track is about something specific, sometimes it’s just music.

Talking about Bhopal, the common idea is: how the insane greed of a few people can cost the lives of thousands of other people. 

Or on the track, Rain, for example. There are phrases like “Rain will wash off all lies, to which we’ve built temples” or “Deaths of thousands stars gave us chance to change the world, but we are sitting in our corners. We forgot that we are free”.  In our opinion this characterizes the main theme of the album pretty well.

One of the things that always grabs my attention with any new record is its artwork.From Evolvent’s curves to Dust’s color formation,wWho is behind this art and what is the story behind it?

When we were finalizing Evolvent we tried to find something that can represent the natural beauty through mathematical formation. Artem (at that time he was our bass player) found this picture, which was the homework of his neighbor, so we decided to use it.

When we were working on Dust’s design, our goal was to make a simple cover, which looks like packing cardboard or something like that. The picture on it shows the main theme of the whole album: fake values. Maid sweeps garbage and dust and there is a human heart in this dust. It’s forgotten and not needed anymore, like all human values.

Following Dust, you made your first European tour; through Romania, Germany, Hungary, and many other countries. How was the road experience so far, and did you encounter any special situations you care to share with us?

For us it was an unbelievable journey, we want to thank our friends who helped us, and all people involved one more time.

Every show was very different from the others, just as people were different too.  Unfortunately we canceled one show because of our lack of experience in planning road-trips. Also we lost our way in Slovakia. There were some road-works and our GPS didn’t know another way. Plus there wasn’t any road-worker who spoke English,so we were trying to communicate in mixture of Russian, Slovak and gesture.  As you see we’re still alive J

Speaking about shows, for example the show in Germany was a little shock for us. We performed in a squat, which are not so common in Russia. But the atmosphere here was something indescribable. And people were very nice too.

Bulgarian shows were also very cool: we performed in very interesting places (like little open-air amphitheater), everything was organized very precise and good, and the food in this country is very delicious.

You see, it’s very tough task to select the best show or the best crowd, because every country and every performance had something surprisingly good. Romania, Bulgaria, Czech, Lithuania and all other countries left indelible impression.

Before Dust’s release you encountered some obstacles, but losing a band member must have been the most challenging. You even hinted at a possible break-up. How did you manage to go through the recording process in this situation?

When Vadim left us, it was difficult to rebuild our band, because he was very important part of it. First, we tried to find a new guitar-player, but it was hard to find a man, who can fully understand us, so Artem sold his bass and started to play guitar. After some not-so-successful attempts we found Anton, who became our bass player.

If we speak about recording, it wasn’t so difficult. Most of Dust  was already recorded with Vadim, so after we rebuilt the band and wrote some new songs we only needed to record the remaining part. But this rebuilding took us more than half a year.

You shared before that a new EP or a split is in the making right now, and will probably be released by next spring? How is the preparation going on, and did you settle on the final release formation?

Unfortunately last month we stopped working on the album because we have a new drummer and all the rehearsing time is going for playing the old tracks. But we already returned to work on it, and hope that we can release it this spring, maybe little later.

Can we go back to your beginning, tell us a bit about how all of you guys met and how you started this project?

There is nothing interesting, I think. Firstly we were studying in same university; some of us are friends from school-time. You know usual stuff.
We were just young guys, searching the way to play music we want, and maybe to say something to world.

I noticed that you are still enjoying the creative freedom of running things on your own without a label on your back. How hard was it to take over all the managing and financial aspects of your project, and do you plan on carrying on solo or looking for a label deal in the future?

Firstly it was hard, especially for students without full-time jobs to buy everything for our rehearsing room, so we played on crappy amplifiers and so on. Also it took a lot of time to learn how to record and mix tracks, but it was interesting, so it wasn’t a struggle.

We share most of our expenses in equal parts, and allocate responsibilities between band members. Artem is recording and mixing most of the tracks, Pavel is concerned with organization stuff etc. Everything takes a lot of time and effort, but we like to control everything, not only musically. In some way it makes our life easier, so we are not going to search for some label or sponsor, only if someone will offer us something adequate.

So what is the next stop for you guys? Any upcoming tours or projects that you would like to share with our readers?

Of course there is the new release. Also there is a Russian tour this April and hopefully another European tour next year.

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  • Love those guys — they write amazing stuff, perform it neatly at their top-notch shows, and they are great guys personally.
    While “Dust” is the best of 2014 genre records from Russia, i’m sure they will raise the bar with the next release even higher.

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