Posts Tagged ‘Fight Pop’

Sadly Dananananaykroyd are to split.

Glasgow’s [and the world’s] finest fight pop sextet had been toiling in a severe energy deficit ever since their formation in 2006. Their riotous, literally bone-breaking live sets will be remembered fondly by those privileged enough to be in attendance. Fronted by dual vocalists Calum Gunn and John Baillie Junior, Dananananaykroyd had a thrilling and unique on-stage chemistry. Audiences were treated to the inventive Wall of Cuddles, a relentless but glorious racket and irrepressible Glaswegian humour. Two shoe-losingly mega introductory gigs in the NME/Radio1 tents at Reading & Leeds will be noted as the band’s highlight.

I leave you with arguably their two greatest numbers.

Dananananaykroyd – Black Wax


Dananananaykroyd – Some Dresses


Enjoy your sabbath boys, be it pink and pretty 🙂

Dananananaykroyd will play twelve more gigs.

29 Glasgow ABC
31 Manchester Deaf Institute

Leicester Firebug
Brighton The Haunt
London KCLSU
Derby Victoria Inn
Stoke Sugarmill
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Exeter Cavern
10 Oxford Bullingdon
11 York Fibbers
12 Newcastle Cluny

Photo: Tom Martin @ The Harley, Sheffield


Calum Gunn, John Bailey Jnr, Paul Carlin – drums, Ryan McGinness – bass, David Roy and Duncan Robertson – guitars, six-piece…Reshuffle after bassist Laura Hyde’s departure…Glasgow, Scotland…E-numbers evoked least energetic response…Piggyback ride (Bailey jnr + Gunn)…Crammed onto ‘stage’ but thrive in enclosed allotted area…Drummer old enough to be Gunn’s Dad…HARLEY = curious, enigmatic, underground venue, pub, restaurant and hotel, incredibly raw sound system, bass dominated, bumbling/overpowering/crackling speaker on left, condiments and diners still at 9 o’clock!…Rattling, wobbly speaker on right…Fantastic version of Devo – “Whip It”…Shania Twain outburst… Think and Feel… Amusing on-stage chemistry, natural not trying…Enthusiasm and energy unrivalled…Intimate affair…Duly rise to ‘we want more’ – “1 more won’t hurt”…Floored, sit-in, crouching tigers…Hairy meatballs moshing, Gunn: “we don’t like violence”…Vocals complementary to squawking…Not to be missed at Harley or live…2008 showing – little changed, sustained, manic, fun…Fear for The Harley’s windows and blinds…Passers-by must wonder as to the commotion…Fire Escape open…Brings drum out into crowd…Makeshift stage…Wall of cuddles…Bouncing off the ceilings, three contrive to anneal, well utilised space, exploit their surroundings, adventurous…Gunn makes this venue his own, ventures…Gunn crowdsurfs…Bailey Jnr leaps – unwise considering his past injuries at gigs…Songs off new album – ‘I honestly can’t believe you got that much ham into a solitary sandwich and still went to see Metallica’ or working title ‘Better Boadies’…1st album = Hey Everyone!…Ends on Pink Sabbath…Singles Black Wax and Some Dresses mingle cute introductory guitars with complementary singing…Hey Everyone opens with a Rage Against  Machine – esque thrashing…Ability to craft smart, ear-pleasing tunes but heavy backdrop is not commercially-friendly…One of ‘best live bands’ in UK…Springing in unison to Pink Sabbath…Thrilling to audio racket/ uncoordinated hammering noise torture

Rating: 7 out of 10