What do you get when you mix The Blood Brothers, At The Drive In, Algernon Cadwallader, 2 drummers, 2 vocalists, twinkly/mathy guitars, and Scottish accents? Well, I’d say it has the potential to be a drool-worthy combination, or a recipe for total disaster. At about the 5 minute mark of Dananananaykroyd’s debut full length, you’ll probably have made up your own mind on the band’s strange sound.

First thing’s first. Let’s get that name out of the way. It’s fucking stupid, right? I mean, there are some long and obnoxious band names out there, but these guys might just take the cake. If you have to put your own name in a song to demonstrate how it’s pronounced (which is the first thing you’ll hear on the whole album), you might have gone overboard. But, find it in your heart to look past the name and give this album an honest listen, and you might find some gems.

“Hey Everyone!” is an album that dips and sways in all different directions, while never totally losing its form. The band merges pop-sensibilities with an onslaught of technical, melodic guitars and growling dual vocals. Occasionally, the band devolves into post-hardcore freak-outs (see the ending of “The Greater Than Symbol And The Hash”), or puts a little hop in your step with extremely catchy compositions (as in “Black Wax” and “Some Dresses”). The band even adds in a few melancholy tapping parts and vocal harmonies that would make American Football fans proud (see the bridge in “1993”). When it comes down to it, Dananananaykroyd have made an album that might not be easily digested on first listen, but has some serious pay-offs for patient listeners.

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Also, check out the video for the single “Black Wax”: