Brooklyn’s Dinowalrus has filmed a rooftop video before, which is very 2000s, but the band’s frontman, Pete Feigenbaum, was a touring guitarist for Titus Andronicus and, aesthetically, belongs on Delancey Street circa 1982. Together these two eras mesh in a dreamy, psych-rock sound impregnated with a wide range of influences: Spaceman 3 (minimalistic psychedelia), New Order (new wave electro), Liars (dance/noise rock) and Silver Apples (acid rock).
Feigenbaum, sound designer/synth and bass player Liam Andrew and drummer Max Tucker have birthed the perfect concoction of guitar riffs, synthesizer wails, the mullet, 1980s reverb and two awesome animals, the dinosaur and the walrus. Best Behavior, the band’s sophomore release, opens with “The Gift Shop,” which paints a super happy, trippy dreamscape through popping percussion and twirling guitar riffs. Distorted vocals and suburban teenage angst bleed through “Beth Steel” with a spacey, coming-of-age movie feel.
Patrick Stickles from Titus joins in on “What Now,” the super spacey track featuring grinding bass, chiming guitar riffs and wispy, hollowed-out vocals. “Radical Man” opens with kaleidoscopic distortion and an epic guitar solo that belongs on Sega’s OutRun; the lyrics agree: “I always want to run all the red lights tonight.” Percussion-heavy “Burners” leaks the synth-based arcade sound into closer “Riding Easy.” Feigenbaum asks, “Do we have a reason to exist?/When you bite the dust will you be missed?” dropping the mortality bomb on the otherwise paradise-scented album.