The Aquarian Weekly
"Many groups have claimed to be rock and roll, and while they undoubtedly were, very few can exemplify the scene's various monumental sounds successfully in one album. This New Brunswick, New Jersey-based band has set the bar high for themselves, but with a raw talent like theirs, blowing away expectations seems like something they're used to."
- Dean Scordilis, The Aquarian Weekly
"Some may say alternative music is defined by attitude and Dinosaur Eyelids' snappy verses followed by crunching riffs is quite clearly one that exerts a tasteful amount of angst and energy. They recently released their fourth album, Bypass to Nowhere, a melting pot of 90's grunge and modern rock that make up the diverse array of twelve hard-hitting tracks."
- Riley Rowe, Alternative Nation
"Dinosaur Eyelids, a propulsive outfit blending hard-rock, punk and psychedelia is one of the New Brunswick local scene's strongest acts." -Bobby Olivier, NJ.com
"House favorites at The Court Tavern, the band has a reputation for roof dropping live performances. Their latest release "Bypass to Nowhere" is a powerful collection of great rock tunes presented with the right amount of rawness and heartfelt conviction. It is the fourth release from this 100% DIY band. The album closes with a real standout for me, the eight minute Jazz/Rock fused 'World on Fire' it shows off the breadth and scope of this band."
- Popa's Tunes
"A mind blowing adventure begins in New Brunswick, New Jersey from an independent alternative rock quartet named Dinosaur Eyelids. Dinosaur Eyelids sings emotionally intense alternative rock songs about life, love, and heartache while sounding similar to Nirvana and Neil Young with their soulful vocals and thunderous alternative rock melodies that will make one's senses tingle and eardrums throb."
- Leslie Snyder, JerseyBeat.com
"They have elements of jangle pop, metal and even folk in the mix which yields an interesting element to their music. They recently released their 4th album, Bypass to Nowhere, and it is a perfect blend of all the elements listed above. Seven minute opus "World of Fire" closes the album and might be my favorite on the record. The drumming of Mark Leone is really upfront in the mix here and sounds great. At about the 3:00 minute mark the fun really starts and things begin to get trippy. Cue the jazz as horns come in the mix. What? Is this the same song? Is this even the same group? Yes indeed. You really must listen and experience this yourself. All of sudden the song shifts again to a harder edged rock. This is basically 3 songs in one and I think it is pretty awesome."
- Ed Magdziak, YouDontKnowJersey.com
"Dinosaur Eyelids have brought together a collection of songs that are excellent to listen to, whether it be rock, blues, indie, grunge or a retro style from the band, and 'Bypass To Nowhere' will stay a favourite for a long time to come."
"New Brunswick, NJ's Dinosaur Eyelids offer up some diverse, yet familiar, sounds on their latest album. Bypass To Nowhere, their fourth, is a stellar slab of classic rock, grunge, and just some fun '90's nostalgia at times that'll have rock fans on their feet and clamoring for more....If you haven't heard of Dinosaur Eyelids before now then Bypass To Nowhere is the perfect introduction."
- Jesse RockandRollFables.com
"Delivering heavy but melodic and heartfelt rock & roll in the tradition of the alternative rock boom of the '90s,"
- Mark Deming, AllMusic.com
"With a bit of a grungy and progressive sound, Dinosaur Eyelids are excellent songwriters with many tracks that can take you on a journey. “The LIDS” have opened for Parlor Mob and shared the stage with Dean Ween of Ween and have earned a reputation for their aggressive live performances." -Jeremy Neugebauer, Alternative Nation
Rock Review Phil
"Bypass to Nowhere gets straight to rocking in the rather short (just under two minutes) introductory song Talkin' To Me. The song shows signs of Soundgarden-esque grunge mixed with a little Foo Fighters but then instantly after this (unfortunately) short song Dinosaur Eyelids turn things down quite significantly with Nowhere Fast. Like Talkin' To Me, Nowhere fast has a grunge, or at least a 90s sound to it, and I can't help but love just about everything about it. The take-it-easy attitude behind the music and the vocal melodies is unlike much of what I've heard modern bands do....Dinosaur Eyelids are not to be messed with."
- Rock Review Phil
"Another masterstroke by this band is following “Tomb” with “Song to a Girl”, whose loud/quiet dynamic is heavy on Sabbath bombast compliments of bassist Scott Staats and drummer Rich Eick, both of whom are allowed to flex a little muscle. For those of a certain age, the luminous “Hemophiliac” sounds as if it was left off of In Uetero with it’s abrasive guitar riff and pained vocals, while “Kill Your Idols” may be the best of the bunch; a thunderous, sludgy, head-on collision of a song...this disc is tremendous, and I would love to see this band live."
-Rich Quinlan, JerseyBeat
"You guys are great."
-Dean Ween (http://ween.com/)
"This band is at its best when it’s gunning for raw power. The persistent riff in “Valis,” as well as its chorus, nails the sort of vibe you’d get from, say, Nirvana in loud mode, but with chopsy guitar licks chuting down a wah-wah Slip ‘N Slide—there are plenty of gutsy instances like this which really demand a live setting.
The catch-all lyrical moment probably occurs in the first 30 seconds of the whole album (“Only a fool believes that a good thing can last”), stated unsentimentally and plain, before a glorious cacophony of dirty chords and slick tapping introduces the band’s mojo. That song unexpectedly arrives at the first of a few clean-guitar passages on the record that are imaginative and quite beautiful."
-Darryl Norrell, The Aquarian
“Purely they are unstoppable. More like Soundgarden back in their day. I would say Soundgarden are their most direct influences are as you can hear many similarities between the two bands. Loud passionate riffs with great vocals to match. Dinosaur Eyelids add some of the current day social politics to their music to comment on what many people are feeling in the world. And in truth, it gives the band an extra layer of humanity you won’t see in most bands today. But the order of play today is riffs, riffs and even more riffs.
Even when some of their songs start in a slight country rock mood, the album quickly springs into life. When the Grunge / Stoner Rock riff comes out of nowhere to get your heart pumping in no time at all.
Dinosaur Eyelids are band with a great reputation and it is not hard to see why. They have written a strong collection of hard rocking tracks that will grab the attention of the most jaded of rock fans.
They have released an excellent album with too many great songs to mention. The production is fantastic as you can hear every lean and mean crunching second of this great album.
This is an album I have no hesitation in recommending to any concerning Alt Rock / Grunge / Stoner Rock fan. If you have not heard of these great rockers like myself then this album is a brilliant place to start. Superb and highly recommended.”
“They seem to grow as musicians on each trip to the studio. Giving birth to a nice and tidy slab of rock. "Conflagration", which according to Wikipedia is an uncontrolled burning that threatens human life, animal life, health, or property. Seems like a fitting title for this album. It borders on complete chaos, and at the same time retains an almost tranquil and melancholy vibe throughout. I think "Conflagration" will and should light some fires under many Rock 'n Roll addicts.”
“Conflagration, the band’s third full-length, is worthy of such a malevolent title. Evan Staats, a brazen vocalist, who treats his record collection as an extension of personal politics, hasn’t lost any of his intensity; telling the listener to “kill your idols,” to a backdrop of powerful, grunge-like riffage. Like a ‘90s trio who got caught in a zeitgeist whirlwind, Conflagration is a manifestation of emotions: The maniacal and melodic contrasts add complexity and depth.”
I had thought that the old-school American power pop/punk/metal sound was dead and posthumously consumed by emo pop punk, but Dinosaur Eyelids have proven me wrong with this solid release...This is a band that puts their arms around their inspirations, yet produce something completely unpredictable! Bottom line, buy “Down a River” by Dinosaur Eyelids, than see the band live!
-Phil Rainone, Jersey Beat
"...chock full of distortion and in your face vocals and drums. “Maelstrom of Malevolence” is the first track on the album and, like a lot of the album, has a 70’s Black Sabbath feel with Evan Staats’ vocals sounding like a mix of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell (Cornell’s Soundgarden days of course)...“Down A River” is a great example of what alternative rock should sound like."
-Jersey Rock Review
"...'Down a River' wails with gritty guitar riffs, accompanied by subtle yet engaging rhythms. Songs like '…And the Gods Made War' and 'Further Down a River' exemplify the band's undying energy that is put forth in their music.
But don't underestimate Dinosaur Eyelids diversity — tracks such as 'Conditionals' and 'Across the Sea' add a tranquil vibe to the album's entirety. "Across the Sea" creeps into a suave state as lead singer Staats croons, "so now I'm drifting across the sea/and where I drift to don't mean much to me." The song truly makes listeners feel as though they are drifting across the sea, which heeds much praise toward the fabulous songwriting. All of the tracks on the album contain deeply heartfelt lyrics that can be accredited to Staat's poetic nature. Dinosaur Eyelids have struck a chord on displaying their imminent talent with 'Down a River'. Playing gigs ranging from local hot spot, the Court Tavern to Fontana's in New York City..."
-Emily Gabriele, Rutgers Targum.
"Exploding into life with the nihilistic despair of ‘Maelstrom of Malevolence’ Evan Staats’ passionate angst-ridden wails, acts as a riling cry to the social-networking generation to log-off and make a stand against government-controlled news media – an anthem for change."
-Chybucca Sounds (UK)
The Ripple Effect
"If you love all things desert stoner with a hint of alt college garage grunge tint and a dollop of surf you’re in the right place. Despite the unpredictable, devious attitude that lingers in their sound, Dinosaur Eyelids demonstrates a maturity and focus in their song craft when it comes to knowing themselves, their sound and where they want to roll (so to speak) with it. Their bio reads “their sound is like the Replacements being molested by Soundgarden”. More like Weezer getting schooled by Nirvana."
-Teeder, The Ripple Effect
"The album kicks off with the great song Maelstrom Of Malevolence. This album sounds very good. It is well produced. All instruments sound outstanding and are in good balance. The singer does like on the first album a great job. This guy is blessed with a fantastic voice."
-Stoner Rock is Here to Stay (The Netherlands)
“This is fuzzy, heavy rock n’ roll...my top pick song for this album is the last song, Waves. I love this album, and I’m sure this band is going to make some heads turn.”
“You can’t get any more alternative rock than these guys.”
-Tim Louie, East Coast Rocker
"...these guys from New Jersey have something good going and have a full promising music career ahead of them."
-Bill Goodman, The Soda Shop