dananananaykroyd2“Sounds a bit like At The Drive In,” is a phrase I never thought I’d have cause to use, but I’ve just used it there and I’d already thought it a couple of times earlier today.

Hey Everyone is the debut album from the rather impossibly named Glaswegian outfit, Dananananaykroyd and, perhaps now unsurprisingly, it sounds a bit like At The Drive In.

Now to most, that probably means very little. To some, it’ll probably mean it’s going to be very noisy. To a few, it’ll probably be the soundtrack for 2009. I’m not entirely sure where it sits with me.

It was possible to love ATDI one moment and then a moment later, often during the same song, absolutely hate them and I have that sort of ambivalence for Dananetc. It’s a light, frothy sort of noise-rock — or fight-pop, as I believe the band prefers — and in amongst the mathematical improbabilities of some of the less accessible tracks, it’s still largely impressive and intricate. Plus — and I mean this with the greatest respect — making something sound as random and noisy and shouty as this isn’t easy. Really, it isn’t. If you think it sounds like people just slamming guitars into each other on full gain, well, yeah, but making that noise takes skill … or at least more skill than physically slamming the guitars into each other.

So, yeah. Impressive in places. Maybe a little overly shouty in others. Always interesting. Always capable of a surprise.

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