Getting noticed is hard in the music industry.
It seems like all the good ideas are already taken and original ideas are hard to come by.
There must be something to set you apart from all others.
So in an endless sea of bands in the music industry, how do you emerge from the rest? The answer isÂ Ned Flanders. Well at least that’s the answer to Phoenix band Okilly Dokilly. Their name, songs, and outfits are themed around Ned Flanders of The Simpsons. It brought the polo shirt and sweater-wearing five-piece overnight fame, but now theyâ€™ve got to live up to it. Thatâ€™s not such a bad thing because this band seems committed to take on the project.
Read through to find out how the group came up with this idea and also to listen to the bandâ€™s demo tape.
What do you get when you combine hardcore metal with the Simpsonsâ€™Â god-fearingÂ neighbourinoÂ Ned Flanders?
The answer is Phoenix outfitÂ Okilly Dokilly, the worldâ€™s first and only â€˜Nedalâ€™ band. Theyâ€™re bespectacled, mustachioed,Â impeccably costumed in pink, green and grey, and their Facebook bio get straight to the point: â€œMost of our songs are direct Ned quotes.â€
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You might be wondering where the bandÂ fit within the broader genre of Simpsons themed metal.Â â€œNot as fast as Bartcore, and a little cleaner than Krusty Punk,â€ Head Ned says. â€œNot as heavy as â€˜Homer J.entâ€™ â€“ Nedal is a happy medium in the Simpscene.â€ Curiously, the guttural metal screams present in the bandâ€™s current recorded output bear little resemblance to Nedâ€™s own holler, but as they are only demos there is presumably still room to evolve.
He also confesses that bandâ€™s long-term goals are, like their inspiration, quite humble.Â â€œIn reality, this is all just an over-the-top attempt at getting Matt Groeningâ€™s autograph, even if it comes on a cease and desist letter.â€Â Which, we can all agree, is a noble and probably achievable goal.
StreeXB would like to thank Rip It Up for the story. Click here to read the whole article and to listen to the band’s demo.