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Patchwork Project Profile: Chalkboard Dinosaur anything but dusty

The indie-folk rock band says it's got something the other bands don't.

By Lauren Rutherford | Nov. 1, 2012

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A cozy living room with amps on coffee tables, audio equipment in every possible alcove and a mixing board on the dining room table: Chalkboard Dinosaur thrives in its natural habitat.

Violet Vonder Haar, Patrick Matticker, Trevor Judkins, Jordan Lamb and Rob Watson make up the eccentric band behind its equally quirky name. "Chalkboard Dinosaur" was the brainchild of bassist Jordan Lamb’s misinterpretation of a past conversation, and according to Lamb, it has been festering in his mind ever since.

“We all agreed to it immediately,” says Matticker, the rhythm guitarist. “It was something that was catchy.”

Choosing the band's name was the easiest part. The group faced difficulties such as finding power and band members, but Matticker says the struggle was a welcome one. Vonder Haar, the latest Dinosaur addition, helped to make the band’s predicaments prehistoric. Providing a source for lyrics and acoustic tunes, Vonder Haar has proven herself to be an asset to the otherwise all male group.

At a recent practice, Chalkboard Dinosaur worked on hammering out the details of its cover of The Beatles' “Revolution.” Their Friday night performance will feature the cover as well as five original songs.

“We’re only 4 weeks old," Lamb says of their progress. "We’re a baby band."

Despite their short time together, the members of Dinosaur have solidified their sound. Vonder Haar describes the group’s music as indie-folk rock. On Pandora, you might find them on the same station as popular artists like Florence + the Machine (but they're less experimental, they say).

Four weeks also proved to be plenty of time for the band to develop chemistry. According to Vonder Haar, once the group was officially set, they began practicing a few times a week. The Dino love is evident in the way the members related to one another at practice, constantly laughing and smiling.

“We treat it like hanging out and chilling,” drummer Rob Watson says. “It’s not like we have a set agenda.”

Rank in Friday’s battle will help determine if Chalkboard Dinosaur will stay together post-Patchwork.

“When you’ve already developed chemistry with people, it’s nice to come back and write something,” Matticker says.

According to the group, part of the excitement of the experience is finding out Friday night what the competition will be like.

Lamb says he wants to assure the public that Chalkboard Dinosaur is better-looking than the other bands and, of course, completely humble.

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