Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, sat bolt upright in bed, shaken your tiny, impotent fists at the heavens, and screamed to whatever gods might care to listen, “Why is there no Ned Flanders-themed metal band?” Well, fret no more! Okilly Dokilly, Phoenix’s self-professed “world’s first Nedal band,” have got you covered, kicking out righteous riffs while clad in the traditional green sweater, pink shirt, and nerdy glasses of Homer Simpson’s eternally cheerful and devoutly Christian neighbor.
“Myself and our drummer (Bled Ned) were in line at a grocery store, entertaining ourselves by coming up with really cutesy names for really hardcore, brutal bands,” frontman Head Ned explains to Rip It Up. “The name Okilly Dokilly came up and was very funny to us. We ran with it. I contacted a few friends (Red Ned, Thread Ned and Stead Ned), and here we are. Most of us have played in other bands around our hometown. This is definitely the heaviest sounding project any of us Neds have done.” According to Head Ned’s assessment, their particular brand of Nedal is “Not as fast as Bartcore, and a little cleaner than Krusty Punk. Not as heavy as Homer J.ent — Nedal is a happy medium in the Simpscene.”
When they’re not exploring the fascinating Venn diagram of “people who like to dress up like Ned Flanders” and “people who like to play metal,” the Neds engage in leisure activities like “watching The Simpsons” and “politely asking for the return of our power tools, usually with little success.” Their end goal? “In reality, this is all just an over-the-top attempt at getting Matt Groening’s autograph,” Head Ned says. “Even if it comes on a cease and desist letter.”
Check out their demos below. As they admit, “Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes.”