Neighborinos! Viral sensations Okilly Dokilly – the world’s only “Nedal” band – recently announced the release of their upcoming second full-length album, entitled Howdilly Twodilly, scheduled for release on March 29, 2019. Their first album, Howdilly Doodilly, was released in 2016. As their name suggests, Okilly Dokilly takes after Ned Flanders from the popular TV show, The Simpsons. The band members all dress in traditional Ned Flanders attire with green sweaters, pink shirts, and wear glasses. The Neds go by the names of Head Ned (vocals), Shred Ned (guitars), Dread Ned (drums), Zed Ned (synths), and Bed Ned (bass). Their lyrics are Ned Flanders quotes turned into songs to fit the band’s image. Okilly Dokilly announced a west coast tour called The ReNeducation tour to begin promoting their second album. One of the stops was the Discovery bowling alley in downtown Ventura. The venue was decently packed even on a Wednesday night.
Okilly Dokilly came out and started the show with the first single released from the new album, Reneducation. The band seems to alternate with sound as one song can be more of a metalcore sound, then the next will have more of a punk rock vibe. It was really quite humorous seeing all the band members dressed up as Ned Flanders while playing their music. It was definitely something you need to see to believe. The next song performed was They Warned Me followed by Flanderdoodles. In Between songs, Head Ned would mimic Flanders himself as he spoke to the audience about the dangers of the world and of course, getting closer to heaven. The show went on with the catchy You’re A Jerk and Press Destruct Button. One of the more interesting segments was when Head Ned brought out his acoustic guitar as Okilly Dokilly prepared to play a rendition of Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, but with the title changed to Yellow Family with the lyrics changed to match The Simpsons. Head Ned next brought out his mandolin guitar and performed Panic Room. A typical metalcore-sounding song, then out of nowhere the chorus of the song hits and has a humorous resemblance to the classic song She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain as Head Ned sings, “we’ll be safe inside our fortress when they come, (when they come!) we’ll be safe from creeps and killers when they come (when the come!)”. Okilly Dokilly continued the show with Purple Drapes and White Wine Spritzer. Head Ned brought out a cannon that would shoot out shirts for the audience members to catch. It was time for the show to come to an end and so Okilly Dokilly said their goodbyes in the traditional way that Flanders says bye, Godspeed Little Doodle. Okilly Dokilly left the stage and all seemed quiet. The fans stayed to cheer them on and after a few minutes, the band came back out for one more song. What better to…treat…their audience than to perform Donut Hell. Head Ned tossed a giant inflatable donut into the crowd which was tossed around for the whole song. Because the audience was so good, Okilly Dokilly decided to treat them to just one more song which was appropriately named Nothing At All. Head Ned removed his clothing and revealed the blue and red suit that Flanders wears during the classic segment of The Simpsons where Homer goes skiing. It really felt like he was wearing nothing at all. The show came to an end and the crowd cheered on Okilly Dokilly for a very entertaining show and thanked them for coming out to a usually overlooked area of Southern California. Hopefully they come back after the release of the second album for more ReNeducation. The current West Coast tour is still going on and just recently, announced an East Coast tour so be sure to catch them in all their Flanderness! Stupid sexy Flanders.