Glaswegians Dananananaykroyd have been added to the 2009 Splendour in the Grass line-up in Byron Bay, Australia. Tickets for that festival sold out in an hour in May but you can catch the ‘Naykroyd’s incredible live show in Melbourne and Sydney in between a few European festivals.

We’ve seen Dananananaykroyd a few times and it is hard to believe that a band with so much charisma and energy can be so musically tight. Many of the songs feature two drummers with Paul Carlin on one drumkit and Calum and John bouncing between the other kit and lead vocals. Their live shows also frequently feature the creation of a wall of hugs, as something of an antidote to a moshpit, (see video below). Their new album ‘Hey Everyone’ is out now.

The band invaded NYC in September – to record their new album and have come up with an absolute killer first full length, that includes previous NME single of the week ‘Pink Sabbath’. Bursting with energy, ideas, character and melody, ‘Hey Everyone’ throws together every known genre of music, pushing way past their previous moniker of ‘fight pop’ into a wonderful new heavier / lighter / odder territory in equal measures.

Launching ‘Hey Everyone’ is the opening track of the same name, the album rockets through a maze of spiky, pop tinged, punk / art rock anthems, at times with dizzying velocity and power. First single and 4th track ‘Black Wax’ slows the frantic pace down a notch, with its angelic chorus, use of piano, bells and gang vocals, before the rest of the album hurtles and thrashes its way along, constantly surprising and startling in equal measure. Think Pavement, Glassjaw, Sonic Youth, a spikier Blood Brothers, as well as post hardcore and the Dischord record label.

Rough Trade

Dananananaykroyd Tour Dates below