When influential 'fight-pop' band Dananananaykroyd announced their split around this time last year, their peers breathed a collective sigh of relief. There would be no more stage acrobatics, splitting crowds apart for the 'wall of cuddles' or legendary sets that were so absurdly out of control that they seemed to be held together by kinetic energy.
Little did we know that lead members, the driving force and main songwriters were already planning a left turn on their next onslaught.
ALARM BELLS formed in spring 2012, they were quickly showing off an all new sound supporting the likes of Bloc Party and Maps & Atlases as well as playing a handful of festivals. Processed guitars, ancient analogue synthesisers make a unique sonic texture and the kind of mock-grandeur delivery you'd expect from members famous for engaging in actions more irrational and dangerous than the last.
Their first release 'Part One' comes as a very limited edition 12" LP. 4 tracks that run to the length of an album show that the demise of their old band has truly allowed the creative flood gates to open. Like a mix of the grooves and textures of 70's Yes contrasting with spartan Fugazi-esque sections, sitting against nauseating math-y interludes and choruses so dense and catchy they seem to come out of nowhere.
Lead track 'Cocoons' is accompanied by a video. A queasy and literal translation of the surreal lyrics in a completely broken 90's clip-art, PC-game style, made by former Gay Against You vocalist and fellow Glaswegian, visual artist Lachlann Rattray.
Watch the video for 'Cocoons' below.
Pre-order is available from bandcamp from 19th November 2012, to be sent out on December 20th, ready for Christmas.