Even though an indie rock band Last dinosaurs is based in Australia, the band has found a home all over the world. They toured the world after the success of their first three albums and even played headliners and sold-out festivals on almost every continent. Stuck in Mexico at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, songwriter and guitarist Lachlan Caskey took the opportunity to work on the band’s next album, From Mexico with love. The project is a way to explore the world while staying put, looking at areas we can travel to both internally and externally. On their new single, “Self-Sabotage”, Last Dinosaurs retreats into itself and evaluates some self-destructive tendencies.
A beaming indie rock track with sunny guitar and inviting melodies, “Auto-Sabotage” is for those stuck in their defeated ways. Throughout the track, lead singer Sean Caskey addresses thoughts that go in the direction of a downward spiral. With a blurry voice, he sings “I can’t catch a break” and “Things were good with us”. Ultimately, he shares, “I really don’t want to change even if it’s for the best” and claims he “sabotages himself all the time.”
About the single, Lachlan shares,
“Self-sabotage. Everyone does it, everyone is perplexed by it. I wrote this song at a time when I was going through the pandemic in Mexico City, the simple surplus of time that I had first made me face my demons and discipline myself. But it’s as if the other things in life that cause difficulty or tension require some sort of self-sabotage to deal with them. Touching the dark side of things even if they are mundane (alcohol, lust, addictive video games, gossip) is somewhat necessary to existence. We cannot be hyper controlled and all entirely pure, at least in most cases. But it’s the fact that this self-sabotage is so prevalent in everyone that it seems disproportionately high.
Whether it was me, my own mind, my best friend in Mexico, or whoever it really was, the feeling of self-destruction at the time was infinitely infuriating. I don’t wish to make a song that just makes it acceptable to destroy you and your goals, but rather to point out a problem, to expose it as a sneaky, clandestine condition of the mind.
You can pre-order From Mexico with lovereleased on November 4, here.
Last Dinosaurs will also be touring with OKAMOTO’S in Japan in September and with Bad Suns in North America this fall. Tickets can be found here.