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Listing in the December annual local music issue of CITY LINK.
comment: ³I get lost for words trying to describe the band, because the DCU is
more about exploring music as a process in a Can or Sonic Youth or Sun Ra sense
than the typical song-oriented and genre-oriented rock band,² says Dinosaur
Construction Unitıs Sean McAusland, a.k.a. Dragonfly. In other words,
this West Palm Beach trioıs music is often improvised, combining elements of
disparate genres including bluegrass, funk, country, jazz and pop. This
anything-goes approach has endeared the group to the so-called jam-band scene;
the Deadhead magazine Relix recently raved that DCU is ³certainly one of the more
adventurous souls [sic] out there.²
- Jake Kline, CITY LINK annual music issue, dec. 2002
The SUN SENTINEL entertainment section, Friday Dec. 13, 2002
Frank Zappa, King Crimson and the Mahavishnu Orchestra are some of the hoary
ancients that inspire this three-piece band. Guitar player Thelonious Rex,
bassist Dragonfly and drummer Rod the Pipe Man play unashamedly brainy,
technique-baring fusion. But they also have more affinity than most "prog"
combos for the straight-ahead, body-moving groove. And a quartet of acoustic
songs posted at their Web site have a delicate beauty that doesn't depend
solely on chopsmanship. The jam-band bible Relix magazine recently declared
DCU one of its "Artists You Should Know About." And they do encourage
taping at their live shows.
- Sean Piccoli, columnist
THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF RELIX MAGAZINE - ON THE VERGE SECTION
Dinosaur Construction Unit (West Palm Beach, Florida) is an eccentric trio that
performs unpredictable and experimental music. Its sound is much less structured
than the average jamband - kind of fusion-meets the most experimental areas of
progressive rock, and to this they add jazz and avant-garde; certainly one for
the more adventurous souls out there. The trioıs latest album is From the Caves
Volume I, a three-track live set. In it DCU push the limits of the guitar/bass/drums
format with some sparkling improvisations. The first is the 47-minute "First Improvisation,"
which is followed by a beautiful version of Miles Davisı "Nardis." The closing cut
is the 17-and-a-half minute "Second Improvisation."
- Mick Skidmore
Here is a review from our friend Don Kanseski, reviewing FTC No. 1
The DCU are a musical conundrum. They donıt fit into any conventional musical category comfortably.
They are a without question a jam band, but any aesthetical resemblance to the likes of Phish end abruptly.
Their instrumental sound has more in common with Primus, King Crimson or Sonic Youth than
Widespread Panic, et al. They play indie rock, but they love jamming too much to fit in with
the likes of Mudhoney. They play fusion and jazz, but they freely overstep the traditions of
jazz too often to fit in there, either. Itıs definitely rock n roll, but they swing around
dangerous un-rock n roll polyrhythmic angles and minimalistic ambient washes with equal fluidity.
This CD, the first in what I hope to be a very, very long series, further deepens the mystery.
Someone listening to these tracks for the first time is either going to love it and become an
instant Dino-headı or theyıre going to hate it. The DCU didnıt even play any of their
structured songs that night - just two long improvisational jams bisected by a startlingly
beautiful take on a Miles Davis standard (Nardis). They morph freely between rock, fusion, ambience,
samba, blues and noise in a continuous cycle, playing dynamically. They bring the energy level to
intense highs then bring it back down again... Once theyıve explored a particular theme, feeling or riff,
they shift - sometimes smoothly, sometimes abruptly. There are points when you can tell they are groping
for the next step, and they make no bones about being messy in getting there. That in of itself is so
much more refreshing than the multitude of redundant jamı bands out there that are technically pristine
but ultimately sterile. The DCU are willing to walk the tightrope without a safety net, and for that
they have my hard-earned respect...
- Don Kanseski, editor and critic, Notes From the Frontline
Here's a review of FROM THE CAVES Vol. 1 from Rotcod Zzaj of Improvijazzations.
Dinosaur Construction Unit - FROM THE CAVES, VOLUME 1 - Our readers have
often read liner note claims about the band(s) being "the most unique", or
"different than anything you've ever heard"... well, in the case of DCU,
it's believable. Not that I've never heard anything like it (hell, I've
PLAYED like it...), but they most assuredly have their own unique stamp on
"jam"! It takes a few bars (about 16, as I remember) for them to get into
"high" gear, but once they start movin', itz' high energy all th' way.
Trio, basic lead, bass & drums, but they're right ON top of each others'
next move/direction (without steppin' on each other, I might add). If
you're driving Route 66, or a Harley all th' way from Seattle to San
Francisco for that matter - this will make perfect road music! Thelonious
Rex' lead guitar solos/jams are scorchers, with Dragonfly furnishing some
slip/slidin' fretless bass underpinnings & Pipe Man perc'in away like a
madman. This is th' first in what they (& we) hope to be a long series of
live CD's... they get a RECOMMENDED from us for anyone who digs on
rock-based music that's got an undercurrent of adventure throughout!
- Rotcod Zzaj, Feb. 2002 review