Dananananaykroyd – There Is A Way (Pizza College)

June 1, 2011 by  

The second album by Glasgow pop-punk sextet ‘There is a Way’ springs to life, much as you would expect from the band that have had a rollercoaster two years prior to this release. The aptly titled ‘Reboot’ whirs to life like a machine re-starting after months lain dormant, but picks the band up pretty much where we left them on ‘Hey Everyone’.

And they do still bring the fun, carrying with them a very well travelled dose of self-proclaimed fight pop. Their first album was a party in which everyone was invited; almost a celebration of how far they’d gone without changing or being dictated to. By keeping themselves to small labels, they successfully managed to remain the masters of their own destiny. So, what can we expect on a new album from a band that we now expect lots from?

Well, they kept the process fairly similar. They once again travelled to the United States to record their album, but this time enlisted the knob-twiddling skills of Ross Robinson, famed for producing some of the most acclaimed American hard rock artists of the last 20 years (see Korn, Deftones, At the Drive-In) as well as taking over the controls for more recent bands which include Klaxons amongst others. The result really shows too, as the influence of a producer noted for not being one to sit back is truly expressed.

There is a harder edge and a sharpness, which was absent from live performances and a lot of the first album. Some of the songs that have made it onto this album have been on the touring setlists for a while now, meaning that the band have spent a long time perfecting them ready to enter the studio. They are still keeping their processes in house however, as ‘There Is A Way’ is being released under their own record label, Pizza College.

But with a slight change in attitude and producer, you get a slightly more commercial sound. The band still like to rock out but there is much less fuzz, the sound being a lot clearer and you do lose a little bit of the poppy mischief in the changeover, which is perhaps the biggest shame, as it really was the most likeable part of this particular group of genre-bouncing misfits. Thankfully, Dananananaykroyd have a legion of adoring fans that will never let this band fall on deaf ears, and the music does still have a little clout of its own.

The album’s lead single ‘Muscle Memory’ has been doing well on alternative radio stations and ‘Apostrophe’ is a brilliant track in the middle of a cautiously firm album. With such a varied sound and a lot of lower-level DJ support, they will of course get the radio attention that this album is going to need, but it is nothing earth shattering and I don’t think it’s going to open that many new doors in the long run. Still a good effort though.

[rating:3]


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