Dolly and the Dinosaur

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Dolly and the Dinosaur find out more about them…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Members - Adam Cox (guitar, lead vocals), Rohan Misra (drums), Ben Porter (guitar, backing vocals) and Tom Priestley (bass, backing vocals).
Band name - we always wanted dinosaur in the name somehow, but Dolly and the Dinosaur comes from Rohan hearing it while his sister was watching Peppa Pig.
How we met - Adam and Rohan had been jamming together for a while, making music that was trying to be somewhere between Foo Fighters and Royal Blood, with the urgency of Paramore. The guys then tried to enter a battle of the bands competition, yet needed a bassist so asked Tom to join. We entered the competition, three 15 year old boys playing their own song at their first gig and got absolutely slated by the judges. We didn't make it past the audition stages. But then that September Tom joined the same school as the others, and his mate Ben watched us play, and as we were looking for a fourth member, asked him to join the band. It clicked instantly. We went back to that same competition the next year and won it.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We all come from different backgrounds. Rohan is rooted in more punky/stadium rock and Adam was unfortunately raised a progger. Ben tends to like more mainstream rock and pop, and Tom was raised listening to everything from Kanye to Pulp. As we met as a band however, we'd began to listen to different stuff, Rohan and Adam had fallen for Royal Blood's debut album while Tom began to discover more indie bands. At this time Ben listened to Dappy, but hey, each to their own.

How would you describe your sound?
Due to our upbringings and musical tastes I'd say we have the intricacies of indie, the presence of a stadium rock band but are as listenable as the next boyband.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Without is inspired by alcohol fuelled emotions leading to reconciliations with past feelings, and spilling them. The song is meant to be feel good and relatable.

What’s your local music scene like?
Reading is the nearest city and that's the place we're trying to break into, cause we love the bands there and where we're from is fairly poor. The next biggest town tends to champion heavier bands, so we're trying to boost our genre and break into other towns and cities.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
More releases to come, some smaller gigs and maybe some bigger supports in the foreseeable future.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We'd all probably say different people to be honest, but as a band right now we all love The Amazons and they're Reading boys like us and know how to write a banger.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Tom cut his eyebrow open on a microphone headbanging 30 seconds into the set, and farts during loud parts of songs so he doesn't have to hold it in.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We wanna get our music everywhere and play live to everyone. House parties, charity gigs, we're in, so don't hesitate to contact us via our socials.

You can find out more about Dolly and the Dinosaur via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.