Caught Live: There Is No Dana @ Chinnerys, Southend, 05/05/17
Chinnerys is a venue local to me, I've been there hundreds of times, seen some amazing bands and this particular time was no different.
Essex 4 piece There Is No Dana are a pop punk band, they are energetic, slick and with 3 capable vocalists who unite to provide us with soaring 3 way harmonies, they sit somewhere style-wise between Midtown and The Starting Line.
Now we all know pop punk is a lost art here in the UK, bands like There Is No Dana reaffirm my faith in that we in the UK can provide amazing sun laden melody rich bands.
From their excellent Ghostbusters led intro soundbite (Bill Murray pleading with Sigourney Weaver 'I'd like to speak to Dana' met with 'There is no Dana'...genius) leading into high octane opener 'Song 8'.
There Is No Dana are the kind of pop punk band that remind me of summers past, when I spent my time hanging out with my friends, chasing girls we'd never get and feeling like those times would last forever. Its because of that glorious nostalgia the band create, paying homage to the bands pop punk fans grew up loving, whilst putting their own spin on the sound to marvellous effect.
Songs like 'Now or Never' and 'Won't Let Go' are built with choruses that will get lodged in your head for days, they mix crunchy guitars, smooth bass lines, and strong drums with wonderful sun kissed vocals to create excellent songs that really show this band have high ambitions.
I think that there is a gap in the market for a band like this, clearly they agree by doing what they do with complete aplomb.
They do shift tones though, the song 'Clover' is a more slow building song but with as good a chorus as the band have created, it shows that although highly energetic the band are constantly pushing to evolve their song writing and still create fantastic addictive songs.
Set closer 'Surrender' is a killer way to finish a show, a huge song, anthemic in nature that bounces and pushes its way into the crowd and leaves a massive impression. Its a brilliant song that lets charismatic frontman Tristan's vocals really shine, layered against equally soaring backing vocals.
I love this band and see big things to come for them, a hard working band with a knack for creating awesome songs with choruses to die for. An EP is due out soon, which personally I cannot wait to hear.
Check them out immediately!
Find them here:
Schpunk Romford - 19/05/17
Water Rats, London - 09/06/17