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A Dinosaur Party at Webster Hall

December 14th, 2012

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Webster Hall – December 13, 2012


What, you’ve never heard of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs? Sounds like a totally facetious line for a made-up band, but there is indeed one by said name. TEED is the moniker of one Orlando Higginbottom. As if his given name weren’t posh enough, he is the son of professor and choir conductor at New College, University of Oxford. Needless to say, Higginbottom is well versed in musical composition, producing infectious beats and pop melodies out of his parents’ garage in Oxford. His first studio album, Trouble, would delight fans of Gold Panda’s and SBTRKT’s.

On Thursday at Webster Hall, Higginbottom donned black feathers (à la Black Swan) across his sleeves as he opened with “Panpipes” to start the set. He once exclaimed, “I’m going to dress up as a dinosaur, make weird electro shit and just enjoy it.” And last night was no exception. Enshrouded in darkness and lit only by strobe lights and neon that would make Dan Flavin proud, the crowd waved cell phones around as if they were glow sticks for “Trouble.” The lights warmed to a sunrise for “Your Love” and heavy drum and bass thumped through “Stronger.” To add to the party atmosphere, a pair of dancers dressed in unitards with piano keys running down their legs bookended Higginbottom’s DJ table. Throughout four wardrobe changes, tails were prominent on the dancers’ costumes. Folks, Higginbottom takes his dinos seriously.

He bypassed the typical exit from the stage prior to his encore, but added an amazing black-and-white headdress to his already flamboyant getup. Higginbottom has said of his headpieces: “I’m just slightly poking fun at the idea of the cool guy in a cap under a bridge with graffiti. There’s no thought or theories behind it apart from something entertaining or fantastical that looks good.” Indeed it did as he closed the show with two fan favorites, “Tapes & Money” and “Household Goods.” —Sharlene Chiu

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Webster Hall Welcomes Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur Tomorrow

December 12th, 2012

There’s no doubting Orlando Higginbottom’s musical background. He’s been a music teacher, his father is the choir conductor at University of Oxford, and he grew up listening to classical music. “I thought Mozart was really cool. I had a book, an A to Z of composers, that I read every night. They were like rock and roll stars to me.” But then as a teen, his tastes began to change, leaning more toward party music. Higginbottom has since gone on to do remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, but he’s more recently become known for his own solo project, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. His sound rests in the Venn diagram overlap of pop, electronica, house and rave music, and his debut album, Trouble, led by first single “Garden,” was met with acclaim and commercial success. But, really, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur (above, doing “Household Goods” at this year’s Bestival on the Isle of Wight) makes music to move you, which you can do live and in person, tomorrow night at Webster Hall.