Dananananananana blog time! (think Batman..)

7 04 2009

Date: Friday 3rd April.  Venue: The Deaf Institute/Trof, Manchester.  Event: Bring On The Dancing Horses presents Dananananaykroyd, Favours for Sailors and Dutch Uncles.

The Deaf Institute. Not the best name for a gig venue, but what a venue. With a wall of speakers, giant disco ball and well decorated rooms this place has become my new favourite location for gigs (despite the high drink prices!). The sound is very impressive and it has got that real intimate gig vibe without feeling too overcrowded. There are even tiered pews to sit on for the chilled out few.

Right, down to business…

Now I know I appear to be picky with names today, I assure you I am not, but how could one resist on commenting on a band name such as Dananananakroyd! Surely it defeats many of the intentions of a band name? It’s hard to spell, takes a while to pronounce properly and yes, it is memorable but only in the "whats that band called with the huge Dan Akroyd name?!" But hey I guess it works as this self labled "fight-pop" band from Glasgow are making their way into the public eye having toured with Johnny Foreigner, Foals and Kaiser Chiefs.

Before the gig I’d only heard two of their tracks and although I quite liked them I wasn’t expecting anything overly different from their gig. I was wrong. The lead singer spent a lot of time in the crowd as did the guitarist who left his guitar to crowd surf for a while whilst a hyper group of teenagers fought to play it. The other singer/drummer was rarely still throughout the set as he hung off the balcony and leaped around the room in a pogo stick fashion. Surprising how he managed to get back to his drum kit right on time, everytime. Talking of drummers, there were two. Both with full kits and both drumming with a high level of skill, it was amazing to watch.
Halfway through their set all six members of the band stopped playing and joined the crowd for a dance off. Odd but very funny.

As for the music, I quite liked it. Fight-pop is an acurate description. It isn’t anything radically different or something to listen to for hours on end, in my personal opinion. After seeing them live however, their energy and enthusiasm alone is enough to convert many to be Dananananakroyd fans. And if the set didn’t work the individual hug the entire crowd got from the lead singer would have at least swayed them.

Supporting were Dutch Uncles and Favours For Sailors

Up first, thankfully an hour later than planned, were Dutch Uncles. The lead singer’s dance moves had me instantly transfixed, jolty yet fully lost in the music. As for the music it was catchy and enjoyable yet somehow different to many of the other young bands in a similar post-punk type genre. This difference is what grabs the attention whilst the energy from the music and the band members holds it. They clearly have decent musical and songwriting ability with a good, tight sound onstage. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed their set, so much so several drinks and the bus ride home were sacrificed to buy their album. Worth it though as it has been played on repeat many a time since the gig (and they threw a free 7” copy of their single into the deal!).
With two tours of Germany already under their belt and Channel M’s constant praise Dutch Uncles are going to go far.

Favours For Sailors had a tough act to follow and personally I don’t think they did it well. Their songs sounded too similar to each other and many other indie acts around today. After the third song I must admit I struggled to keep interest. The fact the sound messed up didn’t help. I have since done a bit of googling on Favours For Sailors and read a few good reviews and after hearing a couple of tracks on MySpace I have found them to be better than I initially thought, maybe they were just having an off day…

Overall a good night. Mixed bag band wise but that makes it all the better. Far more to discuss on the long walk back!
Oh and also there were far more older people than I’d expected. "Fight-Pop" must be reaching the masses after all…