Musically speaking, for those located and living in the Northern Hemisphere, first to arrive was the experimental, electronic artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED.) While, over in the Southern Hemisphere, the year was 2007, and from its speckled dinosaur eggshell was hatching a four piece known as: Last Dinosaurs.

These pop-sensitive lads complete with Australian and Asian origins, have been making their way locally throughout Oz for close to five years – since high school really, and while they may share similarly themed titles for their bands with their British counterpart: TEED, this is where the similarity begins and ends.

For Last Dinosaurs, 2012 has marked the making of them overseas. Helped along by their label connections the four, brothers Sean and Lachlan Caskey, Sam Gethin-Jones and Dan Koyama, have already blitzed the summer-festival circuit in the UK and Europe (you might have even ridden their dino-bike at Field Day this year.) It is no surprise then to see Last Dinosaurs return to the UK this month touring – once more peddaling their recent release in the UK: In a Million Years.

It's a debut album which is brimming with happy–go-lucky instrumentation supported by lyrics which imbibe the essence of youthful exuberance. (Obviously, that is who these guys are – young and exuberant talent.) Somewhere between taking a hot-air balloon ride 'Honolulu' and or bouncing on a jumping castle to catapult into the future via Zoom, track one on the album.

My chat with Sean (lead vocals and guitar) also coincides with the timely publishing by the New York Times on a subject which is close to his heart. Sean, the main lyricist for the band is excited to hear of the Time's feature which is focused on Nikola Tesla. Last Dinosaurs album pays a heartfelt tribute to Tesla and his physics in the track Time and Place.

Apparently as Sean tells me, already aware of the developments in the Tesla story (noticeably switching his tempo up a gear when he speaks) plans are afoot to restore and retain one of the inventor's last remaining laboratories, located in Wardenclyffe, Long Island.

Revealing himself at this point as a true 'science-geek' Sean goes on to cite inspiration to write a song about a man who is probably best known for developing alternate currents - electricity, largely because his story is an 'insane' one.

"I just remember I saw him on Youtube – I knew about him from physics and I knew he'd invented a property, I don't remember what it was but I was watching him and I was researching him hardcore. The things that he was coming up with, were so crazy that people are still trying to figure out what he was thinking to this day. That was back in the 1800s… "

Production on the album is credited to the 'one to watch' UK producer: Eliot James, who has worked alongside Kaiser Chiefs and Brit-pop scene stealers 2 Door Cinema Club. It is no wonder the time is ripe for Last Dinosaurs to make their way back to UK venues.

Aside from doing more shopping in Paris this time around, Sean had just one other major priority for their latest tour - taking greater advantage of Tesco. Admitting his previous hesitations at walking into the supermarket chain he is very grateful for the discovery.

"I am looking forward to eating Tesco ready-made meals again. We spent so much money being ridiculously indulgent at restaurants and whatever, then towards the end of our time in London I discovered Tesco meals and saved a phenomenal amount."

Having hit upon one of the saving graces of a London-lifestyle early, I caution him to branch out this time into the Sainsburys aisles and perhaps even Waitrose but he seemed content to stick with Tescos.

Much more prominent surely in his mind is likely to be the shows ahead for he and the band. Last Dinosaurs will play regional dates in the UK including Nottingham and Brighton as well as festival in Leeds, not to mention this time they will play to smaller dedicated Indie haunts in London like Soho's Madame JoJos and BarFly in Camden.

Large-scale festival action afforded them last time, while epic, for Sean is not an accurate indicator of whether they are building their own audience base, instead the litmus test will be in their own solo show performances.

"It was really interesting, because at Field Day (2012) we got to play on the main stage which was ridiculously large like - playing on a football field."

"Considering how much time we've spent in the UK, it was really good to have that many people watching us but we have a really great label in the UK which is busy promoting us, so we'll see when we get there."


Last Dinosaurs play throughout September. Their album release: In a Million Years is released in the UK via Fiction Records.