SEAN CASKEY, lead singer of Australia’s fresh and exciting new band Last Dinosaurs, rocked London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen last week. Hailing from Bris-vegas, he plays rhythm guitar as well as vocals and his little brother Lachlan is the lead guitarist of the band, following their successful show in London, Sean agreed to answer some questions.
Who are your main sources of inspiration?
I would say definitely Twin Shadow! Also Pogo — he’s this guy from Perth who remixes Disney songs and has a great sense of melody. Also, ultimately, Foals is just an awesome sound.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Generally we don’t handle it very well, which is why we work so hard on our performances. We practice all the time to get our sound perfect!
Is anyone more of a perfectionist than any of the others?
I wouldn’t say any one of us is any more OCD than the others, we all just work really hard to do what we do well.
What is your favourite album of all time?
Personal Pitch by Panda Bear (Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox). It’s an unbelievable album! I must have listened to that a thousand, maybe 1500 times in the two years that I’ve owned it! Recently I’ve also been really into an album by a band called Twin Sisters.
Who are your major influences from the Australian Music Scene?
I would say generally, our friends in other bands in Brisbane- Dune Rats are making some great music at the moment and every time we hear their songs we think ‘F*ck! That’s good!’ and we have to push ourselves to make something better.
How are you enjoying your trip to the UK?
Absolutely amazing! Brighton is by far the nicest city I’ve visited in my life, it’s everything that Australia wants to be and we had a great time there playing The Great Escape festival.
If you had a chance to collaborate with anyone in the world of music who would it be?
Well I think that there are a couple of people, firstly Bradford Cox from the band Deerhunter, although I’ve heard he might be quite difficult to work with. Otherwise Tom Verlaine who was in the band Television, he would be an awesome producer to collaborate with.
What are your plans for the coming year?
We’re continuing our European tour, going to Hamburg, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. Release wise – I’m not sure, we let the PR people deal with business – we’re just the monkeys playing guitars!
When will you be back in London?
I think we’re heading back at the end of August. Looking forward to it!