Dinosaur is the debut album from Belfast band John Shelly And The Creatures. Without knowing it you’ve probably already heard the band. Their single Long May You Reign was used in the Discover Ireland advertising campaign. The song is indicative of the sort of music the band creates; instantly recognisable, unique and downright charming.
They have already received critical acclaim and in the run up to the album’s launch the band played on The Late Late Show, a fantastic accomplishment for an unsigned band. They performed their follow up single on The Eleventh Hour with Dave Fanning, which was broadcast in May 2010 on RTE television and have been played on FM 104’s Strawberry Alarmclock, Ryan Tubridy Today and Today With Pat Kenny on RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk’s Weekend Blend.
The band draw on a number of influences which is evident in their songs. There’s a wonderful blend of songs on the album. It has some very sweet and melancholy songs like Sunny Side Street and Frost and some really catchy songs like Long May You Reign with its almost bluegrass guitar melody.
Dinosaur is a perfect album for summer (if summer ever gets here). It’s very dreamy and mellow and feels absolutely effortlessly charming. Every song on the album feels as if it was lovingly written and produced to absolute perfection.
The only criticism I can think of for the album is that there aren’t enough songs on it.
The band’s new single Killer is out on MAY 28th
They also have a number of upcoming gigs.
25 May 2010 9pm – Ruby Sessions in Doyles, Dublin
27 May 2010 8pm – The Spirit Store, Dundalk,
2 Jun 2010 8pm – The Top of the Town Omagh
11 Jun 2010 8pm – Dolans (Upstairs) Limerick
18 Jun 2010 8pm Flowerfield Arts Centre Portstewart,
3 Jul 2010 6pm – Willowstone Arts & Music Festival Killyleagh
4 Jul 2010 8pm – Donegal Square Donegal Town, Donegal
13 Jul 2010 8pm – Mullingar Rocks Festival Mullingar, Westmeath
31st July Indiependence festival, Cork
6th Aug 2010 8pm - Indie Go Festival Fenagh, Carlow
They can also be found online at the following sources: