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By John Norris @jonnynono
"Madchester" was the go-to term tossed about by scribes upon the March release of Best Behavior, the shimmering second album by Brooklyn's Dinowalrus -- a comparison underscored by the record's acid-trip rendering of the Domino Sugar Factory on its cover, and by the equally color-soaked recent music video "Beth Steel". And while reflexingly lumping the Dino dudes' latest in with a scene that had its heyday twenty years ago and only ever permeated this country in a niche way might be a tad reductive, in this week's Face Time, affable guitarist and singer Pete Feigenbaum--the one constant in the quite fluid Dinowalrus five-year lineup--does cop to a recent warming to the groove-based sounds that once filled the Hacienda, though he adds that as a thrashy, SST-lovin' teen, "I probably would have covered my ears" to The Stone Roses.
Evolution is what it's all about, certainly for this band, and as Feigenbaum, bassist and synth man Liam Andrew and newest member and drummer Max Tucker tell us in a conversation shot at Zaitzeff in New York's East Village, there are more changes afoot for album number three, a record that is almost done. Feigenbaum describes it as "Arena New Wave", with anthemic moments, while Andrew calls it "a little more universal".
They'll be shopping it around when it is done, as Dinowalrus are currently, criminally, between labels. Likewise, the guys are straight up honest about the fact that they're not touring Best Behavior because they don't have a booking agent, and that times are tough, especially for a band that rightfully wants to have its big-sounding record heard in something at least a notch or two above a basement.
If you've slept on Dino's latest, you should discover it, and right now you should hear what they have to say -- along with watching their beach romp video for "What Now?", a song that features one of the most sparklingly infectious riffs we've heard in a while.
This week on Face Time, it's Brooklyn's Dinowalrus.