Dinosaur Feathers has metamorphosed through various incarnations: Solo bedroom pop project, dance party karaoke machine, and – most recently -rock band. With Whistle Tips, the Brooklyn-based quartet flee from the tropics of their debut, 2010’s Fantasy Memorial, and push themselves into hitherto unexplored/ultimately rewarding new territories. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show at Black Cat on Wednesday.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
The first show I remember going to was Sharon, Lois and Braham at some giant auditorium in Providence, RI. Does playing for a few thousand pre-schoolers and their parents count as a gig? I’m not sure, but that’s the first show I went to.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
This answer would most likely be different for all of us. It’s honestly really hard to answer, because there are a lot of shows that stick out for different reasons. Playing in the basement of an old hotel in Independence, KS with no mics for 20 kids will always be high on my list. Opening up the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh this past September to an absolutely packed room at King’s was also incredible. We got to play that show with some of our absolutely favorite bands and we were shocked to see so many people there.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
I was studying abroad in London in February 2005 and the Arcade Fire came to King’s College. It was not long after Funeral had come out and it was their first show ever outside North America. Just the electricity in that room alone was incredible. People were sitting on the balcony ledge and packed on the stairs, grabbing every possible inch of space to see them. That’ll be a hard one to top.
Gig you would most like to play?
There are so many to choose from, it’s hard to say. Probably Primavera Sound – either Portugal or Spain would do. It’s always such a great lineup and the idea of getting to travel abroad to play music is really exciting.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
A DIY-style show at the White House. That’d be the ultimate location for a house party, right? Picking the right bands is next to impossible. I’m fairly sure my answer would change every day. But today I’m thinking a five band bill including Destroyer, XTC (reunion), Flaming Lips playing Clouds Taste Metallic and a SBTRKT DJ set to end the night. That sounds like a pretty fun show – I just hope everyone doesn’t go outside for a smoke break in the rose garden during out set.
Catch Dinosaur Feather Wednesday at Black Cat, Washington, D.C…
…and 529 on March 4