Spotlight On: Miniature Dinosaurs

Monday 14th February: I can’t think of many bands who hail from Stirling, Scotland. In fact, Miniature Dinosaurs are the only one I know of, and that’s probably only because they are about to play a gig in York.

Comprising of Barry Mclean (vocals, guitar), Alban Dickson (bass), Craig Ferrie, (guitar, keyboards) and Sam Waller (drums), Miniature Dinosaurs play indie pop that has been compared to the likes of The Killers, with vocals that are reminiscent of David Bowie mixed with tones of 80’s electro-pop (opinion is split in this household as to whether Mclean sounds more like Gary Numan or Phil Oakey…)

The band’s first single, (I Want To Watch) Top Gear, was played on Radio One three months before they played their first gig. Since then, two EPs have been produced – 2010’s Chatterbox and Off The Radio, which the band are currently promoting on tour and which includes their latest single, Fight Or Flight.

The music is bright, bouncy and a world away from some of the dreary stuff currently being touted as the next best thing. Songs such as Write Back and Showgirl, both of which featured in MTV’s teen drama, Being Victor, are ripe for live performances and show a maturity that belies the band’s relative youth, having been formed less than two years ago.

As well as music, the band love football and will be appearing in May at a charity dinner in tribute to Scottish (and Leeds United, obviously) footballer, Billy Bremner, as well as hosting their own 5-a-side football event in their hometown.

As well as the current UK tour, there are also plans for a European tour later in the year.

Miniature Dinosaurs play Stereo, York on Tuesday 1st of March, supported by The Blueprints and Idiophonic. Other dates are available on the links below:

Band Website


About Ian

Regular gig-goer in York, both to see local and touring bands. Huge music fan, with more CDs than my wife thinks any one person should own. I also collect American comics, read a lot of SF and fantasy and am a season-ticket holder at Leeds United.
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