INTERVIEW

“The first rule of fight-pop is…Dananananaykroyd! The band with a football chant name, that’ll have stutterers and stammerers singing in the streets, dyslexics scratching their heads in consternation and sub editors crying into their pints. Five guys, one gal – think ‚”Trail of Dead, At the Drive-In and Jetplane Landing stuck in a Rubik’s cube […]

“The first rule of fight-pop is…Dananananaykroyd! The band with a football chant name, that’ll have stutterers and stammerers singing in the streets, dyslexics scratching their heads in consternation and sub editors crying into their pints. Five guys, one gal – think ‚”Trail of Dead, At the Drive-In and Jetplane Landing stuck in a Rubik’s cube with Vishnu for a playmate. Spawned from the same Glasgow scene that gave us the similarly energetic ShitDisco, Dananananaykroyd are quickly demonstrating a fondness for a wall of sound, jagged melodies, itchy rhythms and a bouncing sense of fun to leave you grinning from ear to ear.

“We’ve been together now just over a year,” explains drummer John “although I’ve only been in the line up for about a month. We all knew each other from before the band and just sort of fell together. I’ve known [singer] Calum for ages, through us both being ‘laptop cunts’, and James [also drums] and David [guitar] for a while too. I clapped and yelled on Dananana-demos and then they stole my guitar and amp to record with!”

“The way the ‘scene’ works here,” continues Calum “you make friends with other bands and when every single band in Glasgow melted, we rose from their melty glops.”

Danana…are expected to make their mark on 2007. One of a swathe of promising new bands north of the border, they’ve already marked their territory in more ways than one. “My favourite gig we played was in Liverpool, it was a total fun-time…” says James. “Yeah, Hot Club De Paris screaming down the front and me puking my guts up all the way back home. It was proper good.”

“My favourite gig I went to see was Fiona Apple in London,” continues David. “It cost a bomb and I ended up steaming drunk and throwing up in the toilets in Planet Hollywood, and the Megabus broke down on the way home.”
Hungover, stuck on the M6 and contemplating whether you’ve been ripped off would piss most people off but James reserves a little more venom for one thing that irked him recently: “I used to fucking love ‚”Trail of Dead, but their last two albums have been insufferably bad and I take it as a personal insult that they don’t rock anymore.”

As with most unsigned bands, Danana…have to juggle day jobs with their musical ambitions. It’s an outlook that many unsigned acts have to contend with and, more often than not, their current situation reflects on their aspirations.

“I’d like to sit in a van for ages and ages and take the rockingham to anywhere we can,” states Calum of future plans. “Maybe release some more things. I might get a haircut too.”

“I’d like to put our album out on a top indie record label who love us and be able to buy some clothes and shoes without holes,” concludes David.

And with a doctrine as simple as ‘more gigs means more fun’, as 2007 progresses Dananananaykroyd should be a name on everyone’s lips. Whether they’ll be able to spell it is an entirely different matter.

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