Dinosaur Pile-up - Growing Pains

An unashamed throwback, this debut album from the Leeds-based rock three-piece marries crunching guitars to catchy melodies and pop hooks with a gleeful ignorance of the concept of restraint. Wearing their influences proudly, the trio deftly cover Nirvana-esque heads-down rockers ('Barceloner', the thunderous 'Mona Lisa'), quirky Weezer-style geek rock ('Never That Together', 'Broken Knee') and also prove themselves perfectly adept at that whole quiet-loud thing ('Hey Man' and, er, 'Hey You'). A big dopey grin of a grunge-pop record - think Foo Fighters before they stopped caring about being good - Growing Pains covers so much ground so quickly that it's often in danger of falling through the cracks but its infectious exuberance just about pulls it through.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 14:25:06

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