From Phoenix, Arizona (...or Springfield), hails the band of 5 Neds, Okilly Dokilly! These friendly neighborinos consist of Simpsons-come-to-life Head Ned, Bled Ned, Thread Ned, Red Ned, and Stead Ned, all outfitted in green sweaters, pink shirts, glasses, mustachios and diddliness.
In a competitive music scene where everyone wants to be heard, it's hard to get noticed these days. But Okilly Dokilly is getting mounds of attention over their unique get up and are becoming an almost overnight success, all before they've even played their first show coming up on September 5, 2015. They are pumped to show the world what Ned Flanders is all about and people are really excited about these guys portraying the obnoxiously friendly Ned.
Although they describe their music as being "pretty aggressive and quite unfriendly", they say they tell more jokes than practise most of the time. When it comes to tough times, Head Ned says, "...it is really nice to go out and scream into a mic occasional nights. Music has definitely helped pick me up. I turn a lot of frustration into exercise as well. Running really does a lot for your mental health."
Rea-diddly-o the rest of our q & a's and have yourself an Okilly Dokilly day!
How did you decide that a Ned Flanders theme was right for your band?
The theme and idea actually came before the band, so we built the band around it. The irony of such a friendly character playing such aggressive music was really humorous to us.
Does this mean Ned is everyone in the band’s favourite Simpsons character?
I'm not sure about the whole band, but he's mine.
You have your first show September 5th in Phoenix! Is the band ready to show the world what Ned Flanders is really all about?
We are. We're really excited for it, and we're fine tuning the live show in the days leading up to it.
Ned's an obnoxiously friendly dude. Would you say your music follows suit?
The music is pretty aggressive and quite unfriendly. The band itself hopes to capture the friendlier aspect of the character. We're keeping our demo free, and we're happy to do that.
A lot of young people use music as a way to get through tough times. Would you say music helps you get through? How else do you cope with tough times?
Despite the humorous aspect of the band, it is really nice to go out and scream into a mic occasional nights. Music has definitely helped pick me up. I turn a lot of frustration into exercise as well. Running really does a lot for your mental health.
What’s the last thing that made you laugh hysterically?
I'm not sure exactly, but it was probably last time the band was all together. We're telling jokes more than practicing most of the time.
What advice would you give to young people wanting to start a band?
Be your own worst critic, but go with it anyway.
If you had to choose a different Simpsons character to name a band after, who would it be?
I've made an earlier pun about Bartcore. I think that would be it. A Bartcore band named Eat My Shorts..
Fav Simpsons quote?
It's too hard to pick one. Anything from the Hurrican Neddy episode would probably fit the bill.
After your September 5th show, what's in store for Okilly Dokilly?
We have a few shows in the works. Definitely some recording. Apart from that, I don't rightly know.