In Fits Of Laughter With Last Dinosaurs + Tour Dates Announced
Just as they’re about to head off to play shows in Thailand and Indonesia, Last Dinosaurs also recently dropped their new video for ‘Wurl’, a track off their latest album Wellness. Lead singer and guitarist Sean Caskey took some playful time out with us to chat about everything from being on the road, crowd surfing thrills, what they get up to between gigs and a hint of their next Australian tour, with dates just announced.
Vulture Magazine: You guys are anticipating shows in Asia next week. What’s running through your mind?
Sean Caskey: To be honest, I’ve gotta do some heavy modifications to one of my guitars and I’m sort of slightly dreading it cause I don’t know if I’m going to completely destroy it or not [laughs].
VM: What’s everyone up to before you all head off?
SC: We’re just going to rehearse. We’re all pretty chilled with going away cause we’ve done it enough times to not stress so we all pretty much pack the last minute before going to bed.
VM: You must be used to it by now, so what’s touring life like for you guys?
SC: It’s always different. Lately it’s hard to know when it happens, just the way things are these days. They booked us an Asian tour before and that one got cancelled cause one or two of the shows dropped through, then all the other shows couldn’t be done. Mainly we just love travelling wherever. It’s about trying to stay sane when you’re at the airport or in the car or at the venue. When making music in the studio, there is a lot of nothing, sitting and waiting and then nothing. With touring it’s the exact same. It’s a lot of being patient and playing with your Ipad.
VM: Especially when flights get cancelled!
SC: Yeah that sucks.
VM: With so much touring, is there time for anything else?
SC: Oh yeah totally. I’ve got my own guitar pedal company well, brand. I make them in my spare time.
VM: Are we pronouncing it right, and please tell us if we’re not. *Attempts the word Ryusuke* Effects Sense?
SC: Nah its Ryusuke.
VM: Oh we knew we got that wrong!
SC: It’s R-Y-U… and the ‘Y’ is a ‘U’ and it’s pronounced Rhue-skeh. It’s really hard; it sucks that it’s really hard.
VM: What does that mean?
SC: Lamely it’s something to do with dragons or whatever unfortunately. I don’t think of myself as a dragon at all, I’m more like a skink [laughs]. It’s just a Japanese name. I don’t know? I didn’t want to have my effects company be called Caskey or Sean cause those names kinda suck as well. So yeah I chose Ryusuke. I thought about it a lot but I think it’s fine that people can’t really say it properly, doesn’t really matter too much.
VM: The last time we caught Last Dinosaurs it was at the Enmore on your Wellness Tour last October. Do you remember taking that dive off the stage?
SC: Uhhhh, yes! I do! I don’t think I jumped did I? I jumped down and I got out.
VM: It was definitely better described as a a creative jump [laughs], and I think only a couple of people caught you though. It was really funny but it was awesome.
SC: Awesome. [Laughs] Shit I hope I didn’t hurt anyone; it always happens.
VM: Well you went down with your guitar and we were just worried. A part from nobody getting hurt, was the guitar alright?
SC: It was fine. It’s always fine. It’s funny cause every time you come out from doing that, anything that is loose, like any part of your body that’s loose like a lanyard, I had another cord with my ear plug attached anything like that or necklaces, those things get completely torn off, it’s really funny. I was coming back out and sometimes the buttons are ripped off your shirt.
Once in Adelaide I came back onto the stage and realised all I had was just one sock. Someone took both my shoes and one of my socks off while I was crowd surfing. And then I went back stage cause we finished and I was like ‘I can’t. I can’t do this. I can’t do the rest of the night with one sock’. So I tried to go out and see if I could get my sock and shoes back but they ended up stealing my other sock.
VM: Oh my gosh! [laughs] That’s hilarious. It’s like a souvenir. Instead of drummers throwing their drumsticks or guitarists throwing picks, someone took your sock. That’s so funny!
SC: Now every time we play in Adelaide I tie my shoes really tight. Really tight!
VM: Hahaha let’s dub that the Sean Experience. Solid stuff! You guys are about to indulge in another round of soon to be announced Aussie shows on the Miracle Method tour. What is the miracle method?
SC: It’s a lyric out of Apollo. In Apollo, the concept was about that scene in The Matrix where Neo is offered the pills by Morpheus, but behind that, it’s more about a fresh start or an alternative life. Miracle Method ties into that; it’s sort of the key to success I guess. It’s really not the correct sentence I’m trying to think of right now but Miracle Method: it speaks for itself. I’m not really good with words.
VM: We don’t know about that. You’ve got some pretty cool songs with good lyrics in there.
SC: Lyrics are the hardest, they’re absolutely hard. They’re always the very last thing to do. I do all of the music and then I’m like shit I need to write about something now, I need some words. So yeah I always slightly dread that part of the songwriting process; it’s hard.
VM: Is there something you guys do, whether it’s together or individually, before a show? We don’t know if you can call it a tradition or a ritual? Don’t worry, we won’t judge.
SC: [laughs] It sounds stupid but we just do high fives. Not a high five but a high five handshake where your arms are at 90 degrees, you know those ones? Like the basketballer’s type high five. Otherwise, we just chill or watch the band before or just be talking shit or doing stupid things. It’s pretty chilled when it comes to playing shows, we don’t stretch or do that sort of stuff.
VM: Do you guys get time to go and catch other gigs together?
SC: Yeah sometimes. On Sunday, two of the guys from The Good Sports, a Brisbane band, were doing this big Brisbane Aussie hip-hop thing; it’s sort of like a joke thing cause it’s a comedy night. So yeah, we like to go and see bands in Brisbane every now and then. It’s always good to support the local community and also the venues too. That’s a really important thing as well, supporting the venues and keeping them alive.
VM: The Brisbane music scene is a really close knit family. It’s kind of like everyone knows everyone right?
SC: Yeah, by default essentially because it’s so small. It’s pretty awesome though I like it a lot. The other day I went to buy a microphone on Gumtree, it was from a Jeremy. I didn’t know who it was, so I rocked up and it was Jeremy Neale. I was like ‘Of course!’ It’s always like that, it’s such a small town vibe. Also having one place for music is really cool. A bit of chaos but also cool. You get all the bands on a Friday and Saturday night in town either playing or just chilling.
VM: It’s pretty good when you know everyone without actually knowing everyone. That’s a cool story.
SC: Yeah I know. It’s weird but good. You know everyone and it’s one big circle but inside that circle there’s all these other smaller circles. For us it was Millions, Gung Ho, The Cairos and then Dune Rats. Then from Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho, there’s all these different circles that are connected by one or two bands. It’s really good. It was a really strong scene especially, when the clubs were having a lot of life years ago. It felt like we were doing something special, something good. It was just a fun time of our lives.
VM: There are a lot of artists locally and internationally trying to get their music out there. There will always be great music making its way out from every dusty nook and cranny. What advice would you give to struggling musos trying to get their stuff recognised?
SC: Ahh that’s a tough one because I don’t even know to be honest. We just focused on making the music and then other people to do the other stuff, you know the hard yards. At the start, for us it was all about enjoying what we were doing. There’s also the theory that if you have enough space for appreciation for people who work really hard at what they do then people can appreciate it. I guess the best thing to do is focus purely on the music, making it the best and making yourself the best music writer you can be, and musician. And I feel like everything else is the result of your hard work. It comes to you and it then it snowballs. There’s booking agents and labels that start chasing you if you work hard enough.
In the meantime, check out this sexy Skylar Spence remix of ‘Apollo’. #Tasty
Miracle Methods Tour Dates
Fri May 20 Fat Controller, Adelaide SA
Fri May 27 The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
Thurs Jun 2 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC (Selling fast)
Fri Jun 3 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Sat Jun 4 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC (Sold Out)
Thurs Jun 9 Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW (Selling fast)
Fri Jun 10 Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW (Sold Out)
Sat Jun 11 Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW (Sold Out)