The Last Dinosaur are two friends (Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden with Rachel Lanskey on viola) who stay up very late and make beautiful music, playing all the instruments themselves and letting their imaginations run wild.
Hooray! for Happiness was home recorded on multitrack without the aid of computers and released in April 2010. The album is available to listen to on Spotify and you can own a digital copy through iTunes or order a physical copy from the Rough Trade store.
The band are currently working on the follow-up to Hooray! for Happiness, an album about death entitled The Nothing due for release in the last quarter of 2011. You can download a preview of the album here.
Uncut Magazine - "An album that's warm, engrossing and impressively original."
6Music - "One of the most underrated bands in the country."
The Line of Best Fit - "One of the most refreshing, creative and inventive records of the year."
4or The Record - "This is a masterpiece, and each second is a reminder of that"
Other Magazine - "Hooray For Happiness fails to exhibit any glaring weaknesses, in the process making a strong case for the importance of a band like The Last Dinosaur’s arrival on the English indie music landscape."
The 405 - "One of the most refreshing, original and gratifying records of the year. Soul food for the head and the heart."
Bearded Magazine - "A beautiful record made by two emerging talents that are definitely deserving of attention. Let it envelop you, and discover all the delights contained within for yourself."
God Is In The TV - "Hooray! For Happiness is a revelation."
Never Enough Notes - "There are gorgeous piano instrumentals, snapped-finger percussion, chiming guitars and almost classical arrangements, and throughout the album lead singer Cameron’s careworn voice and lyrics project an intimacy and thoughtfulness refreshingly free of cynicism."
Echoes and Dust - "Filled with moments of startling beauty and gloriously melodic melancholy."