Since its inception as a solo project, Dinosaur Feathers have evolved into a mental, Brooklyn-based rock quartet. Since 2010’s debut album, Fantasy Memorial, the band has added drummer Nick Brooks and pushed forward into new territory. The result is a sunny, energetic album that’s sure to make the indie rounds this summer.
Guitar rock gets turned on its head and made more interesting throughout Whistle Tips. â€œYoung Bucks,â€ for instance, has surfer rock written all over it with some Beach Boys essence, while â€œBoatsâ€ is a clattering bit of indie rock chaos as its rich layers merge together. â€œCity Livingâ€ feels like a jam that happened to be recorded, and the band as a whole benefits from the structure provided by a live drummer here rather than following the lead of an uncreative drum machine. â€œUntrueâ€ feels like it was yanked from a 1960’s radio dial, and the fleeting â€œYour Moveâ€ is dreamy and synth pop goodness.
Whistle Tips is an accomplished sophomore record that shows that Dinosaur Feathers have only grown in creativity and discipline. With a tight touring schedule, this band can only continue to gain more traction on the indie scene.