Everyone loves a carnival, right? It’s a simple statement of fact. No one in the history of mankind has ever said ‘oh carnivals, they’re a load of shit, can’t fucking stand them, I’d prefer a funeral march’. And so, obviously knowing this fact and generally being a very clever man, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, aka Orlando Higginbottom, has turned his live shows into a carnivalesque technicolor sensory overload.
Coming to the stage wearing a white, luminous shirt, backed by fluorescent lighting in the shape of his Jamiroquai-style headpiece with further lighting rigged round his decks, TEED went straight for his bag of hits at Brighton’s Concorde 2. Despite being a dance/electronica producer, he opened with his more pop-hook heavy material from début album Trouble. New single ‘Your Love’ and ‘Garden’ whipped the glow-stick yielding crowd into a frenzy, including a group of ‘lads’ who decided to sing-a-long like it was Oasis playing ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ at Knebworth. Given TEED’s increasing status in the mainstream – remixing common-denominator pop titans like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga and being record of the week on the new Nick Grimshaw show – it’s likely that this might end up being a more regular occurrence.
But it’s takes more than a couple of twats to ruin TEED’s party. As the set rolled on, dancers strutted on stage adding a little camp to the preceding with some excellent voguing. Mini canons firing streamers and confetti and a good dose of strobe lighting raised the atmosphere higher as the music moved into more free-flowing territory with extended mixes melding elements of house, jungle and rave shook the room. And just before the final song, Orlando dons an almightly neon headdress declaring “There’s a time and a place for this shit” and then drops ‘Household Goods’ which sends the crowd wild.
Despite his panache for Ibiza style raving, there is more to his music that makes his live shows so gratifying. Underneath its shiny, crisp exterior, the music has a very human heart and its emotion is amplified in the live arena. There has always something special about music which you can dance your tits off and fall in love too. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is this kind of musician and his live shows are where its genesis can be found.
Words: Woody Whyte