With difficult to pronounce, difficult to forget, and ultimately silly name in hand, Glasglow’s Dananananaykroyd delivered their anticipated full-length debut, Hey Everyone!, on April 6th via Best Before Records. These hectic rockers double up on guitarists, drummers, and vocalists for their brand of intensely energetic spazcore (self-described as “fight pop”), attempting to defend their reputation as a live band and capture that raucous power of the moment in the recording studio. Take a listen to this album and you’ll have to agree they’ve probably come as close as a band can, pounding out slick riffs and dense drum rips in an adrenaline-driven fury, balancing a crushing onslaught of sound with calculated spurts of technical prowess. Vocals appear, more often than not, as some form of call-and-response yelps between dual singers Calum Gunn and John Baillie Junior or at times simply as a wall of screams from all six members of the band.
One of the strongest tracks on Hey Everyone! is the record’s most recently released single, “Black Wax”. From it’s catchy chord progressions, interlocking guitar parts, killer guitar tones, hand claps, tambourine shakes, shrieks, cheers, and crescendos, the song balances Dananananaykroyd’s explosive energy with smooth accessibility perhaps more successfully than any other track on the record. Meanwhile, “Totally Bone” hits you with an unrelenting assault of thunderous double-drum work and balls-out guitar riffage, accented with venomous barks and shouts.
Dananananaykroyd only allow the listener a few brief moments of respite on Hey Everyone!, driving forward in a manic blur of dexterous carnage and tireless vitality. It’s enough to make one wonder if a band can maintain this kind of over-the-top dynamic before imploding… well, here’s to hoping.
Download: Dananananaykroyd – Black Wax