My iPod #462: Dananananaykroyd – Good Time

“Good Time”, the seventh track on Dananananaykroyd’s final album There Is a Way, gets the album back to the original frenetic, loud, energetic, pumped-up style set in the preceding six after a calming interlude of environmental noises after the end of “Time Capsule“.

There is a lot to take in in the three minutes and sixteen seconds this song lasts for. It speeds up, slows down for the choruses, changes time signature at one point, there is stuttering, yelping, screaming, singing in unison, it lifts you up and smacks you around. If you don’t have a physical copy of the album (cos the lyrics are in there), there is a large chance you will have no idea what is being said to you most of the time. But that’s not a bad thing. As long as you have fun, which you will no doubt, then it’s fine. Just have a good time……. listening to it.

It was its unpredictability I think that made it one of the last songs from the album that I appreciated, but after a few more listens I got it. I’m glad.

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My iPod #433: Dananananaykroyd – Glee Cells Trade

“Glee Cells Trade” is the penultimate song on ex-Scottish indie ‘fight pop’ band Dananananaykroyd’s second and final album “There Is a Way“. It comes after one of the cathartic tracks the band ever recorded, and before their grand finale of “Make a Fist” so it does the essential thing of relieving some of the tension of what you’ve just listened to, as well as settling you in for what is to come.

The track features co-lead vocalists John Baillie Jnr and Calum Gunn’s alternating their lines during the verses with tremendous ferocity before singing in unison for the emphatic choruses amongst guitar phrases which stop and start regularly and a springy bass which likes to fill in the gaps with a lick here and there. At two minutes and thirty-seven seconds it is the shortest track on the album, though it is one of the most easy-going ones on there however ear-piercing the singing tends to be sometimes. There’s something assuring about it when the two guys belt out the lines “You can’t set the way/A new baby’s meant to play” during the chorus, which also seem a bit prophetic seeing as the band would split up only a few months after the album’s release.

Admittedly it was one on the album that took me a while to get into; but, as you can see, I eventually did. And I’m glad.

My iPod #306: Dananananaykroyd – E Numbers

Well, well, well. It’s been a long time coming. But it’s here again! It’s the series that seems to just keep on going. It’s My iPod time. And now we’ve reached the fifth letter of the alphabet…. ‘E’. And we start off with a fire cracker of a track.

“E Numbers” was actually the first track to be revealed from Dananananaykroyd’s second (and sadly, final) album “There Is a Way” in 2011. The track was uploaded on the band’s SoundCloud account and onto YouTube in April of that year, two months before the album was physically released.

I did not know this. I was too busy revising for GCSEs, you see. But it was in the last week of exams, maybe even the last day, when “Muscle Memory” appeared on my television screen. That was the first I had heard from the ‘Kroyd’ in ages, but of course all fans knew that something was coming for about two months. Listened to “There Is a Way” when I got back home, and ended up as a very happy listener by the end of it.

But yeah, the song. “E Numbers” is the third track on “There Is a Way”, coming after the ‘Hey, we’re back’ track of “Reboot” and the “You better fuckin’ buckle your seatbelts” track of “All Us Authors”. There isn’t much of an intro to get you settled into the track; it kind of just launches into this blaring loud drone of guitars and what sounds like really bad horn playing in the background before co-vocalists Calum Gunn and John Bailie Jnr start singing.

I won’t try and be pretentious by coming up with theories about what the song is about. ‘Cos I have no idea. That may annoy a few, but I just really like it. It contains lyrics about seeing things through prisms which is reflected in the album’s cover art, and some about feeding kids with e numbers and wondering on where our tantrums go….. so I’m guessing it’s a song about growing up? Maybe? Still not sure.

Whatever. It’s a real fast song on an album that never lets up on energy. You get one track that’s powerful and punchy and the band just keep feeding you and feeding you and feeding you. Listen to “There Is a Way”; I advise you.

I miss them. Rest in peace.

My iPod #46: Dananananaykroyd – Apostrophe

I have nothing much to say about this song, I didn’t come with anything prepared.

Most of what I said about the album this song is on, can be found if you click here.

So…. it’s a shame about Margaret Thatcher, eh?

I can’t really say anything about her, I wasn’t born when she was Prime Minister. From what I witness, a lot of people liked her and a lot of people hated her. She’s Marmite.

Whatever though, she’s still dead. She will always go down as being Britain’s first female Prime Minister, and that’s something. I think it would be a long time before another female was elected to be PM. You’ve got to respect the dead… surely…. right?

OK. This is boring.

‘Apostrophe’ is the eighth track on Danananananaykroyd’s second album. It’s actually one of the more slower songs at 140bpm. That sounds fast doesn’t it? Not for Danana…. it isn’t.

It’s a pretty standard song for the band, it follows the verse-chorus-verse-bridge stuff that you would get in regular pop songs today, and for me it’s one of the most radio-friendly songs that the band have ever done.

The duo lead vocals work off together perfecly yet again and it’s hard not to sing along to the melodies. They are Scottish mind you, so it may be hard to understand what they are saying at first. It’s all good though, you can figure it out.

The key changes during the instrumental break, adding a bit of change to the track. It makes you wonder where the song will end up next. Then the last section starts, the lyrics are belted out at the top of the two pairs of lungs, the overall tracks just picks up. It’s one of those things where a crowd could just been seen shouting everything right back at them at a festival. Then the song finishes in a fade out of feedback, except for one guitar that just goes on and on, and leads into the next track ‘Seven Days Late’. That song is crazy. I’ll tell you about it soon.

Until next time.

Jamie.

My iPod #27: Dananananaykroyd – All Us Authors

It is seven o’clock and you know what time it is!

So I’ve spent almost a month bleeding my heart out into these blogs, hoping that you like them and share them and whatever. It’s been quite fun.

If you are regularly viewing these posts and taking an interest in what I say, then I thank you very much. It would be silly to say that I expected more than 100 views a day. But that is what I thought I would be getting. The blog with the highest views is my third one, and that only has about 30.

I should probably understand that it takes a slow process to become popular. This isn’t like YouTube where you can just upload one thing and then suddenly get millions of views. I believe that blog sites are much more respectable, and certainly more peaceful. I would be happy with one sensible comment than with a tirade of those which don’t make any sense or annoy me to no end.

So, about the song. ‘All Us Authors’ is the second track of the band Danananananaykroyd’s second album, ‘There Is a Way’. That album was their last. Released in June 2011, they split up a few months after in November.

I was like a deer caught in headlights when it came to ‘There Is a Way’.  I think it was the day after I had finished my last exam for my GCSEs. A year of highs and hard work, I could forget everything that I had revised. I could stay in bed for ages, and not worry about anything until August. It was a good time to be alive.

I woke up about seven in the morning to tune into Channel 4 and watch the daily music programme ‘Freshly Squeezed’. That show’s not on anymore and understandably so, it got incredibly dull and I doubt that anyone really watched it at that time of day after The Hoobs had just finished.

Anyway, it was then that the show played the band’s new single, ‘Muscle Memory’, which led me to think “Shit! They have a new album, no way. Huh! I have to download it.”

I was already a fan of the band after listening to their debut “Hey Everyone!”. I’ll probably go into more depth on that in another post.

So, I downloaded it and listened to it the whole way through. Initially, this song was one that stuck in my mind. Maybe it was because of the unorthodox time signature in the verses, (10/4 I think), and the chorus, “Just when you got comfy”, which is firstly sung in the song, and then repeatedly yelled at the ending. It’s the second shortest song on the album, and for me was the first that sounded like a song that could have been released on their first album.

I can remember listening to the album and thinking that the band sounded much more fuller. Originally, the band made use of two drumkits in the songs on their first album, but the co-lead singer (who played one of those drums) broke his arm in two places during a gig and had to retire from that post. Also, they had a female bassist who left during the years between the two releases and was eventually replaced. The ‘fuller sound’ might have also been a result of their use of producer Ross Robinson, who has worked with bands ranging from The Cure to Korn.

‘There Is a Way’ is one of my favourite albums, and it’s a shame that the band split when they did. I feel that they could have achieved so much more, with just one more release! Ohhhhhh. People say the third album’s always the best right? Or third time’s a charm? Whatever. It’s just so energetic, the only time that there is time for a rest is in a minute long recording of a street after the song ‘Time Capsule’. That will also come in another blog. That’s won’t be on here anytime soon.

Until next time.

Jamie.