A song, music video and tour dates announcement all in one day? You can’t say I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow) never gives us anything. On March 14th, Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman’s 80s pop punk project had a few things to say after months of seeming inactivity. Of course, IDKHow have probably not been inactive since both members began working on the band full time but fans have received little to no news on the progress being made. Whilst there is still no news of when we could expect a full-fledged album to take flight, IDKHow has something to say about supporting unknown, up and coming acts in their song ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band.’
Although neither Dallon nor Ryan could be described as ‘unknown’, IDKHow is still a project finding it’s footing in the music world, even if it is receiving an overwhelming amount of helping hands from their fanbase. For anyone who has not yet extended their hand, IDKHow is a combination of movie references, glitter, glamour, vintage, thought provoking and poetic lyrics split into vocalist/bassist Dallon Weekes and drummer Ryan Seaman.
Taking on the persona of an 80s cassette style tune, the band’s latest release, ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is a quick, quirky nod to band origins. Every band has been the support at some point in their career, and whether you have experienced this first hand or as a fan, you cannot deny the hilarious honesty of the lyrics. Sounding like a bonus track from Grease that never quite made it onto the soundtrack, ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is a theatrical comedy just shy of jazz hands. Adding even more to the comedy is the almost metatheatre knowledge that IDKHow will be the opening band for The Aquabats.
‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is set apart from both ‘Modern Day Cain’ and ‘Choke’ by more than its cleverly comedic lyrics, but by Dallon ditching his signature bass and Ryan taking up the tambourine and bells and neglecting the perfectly good drum kit in view throughout the music video. These two changes give the song a simplicity and vulnerability appropriate when the lyrics are singing for just a chance to prove themselves as musicians. The minimalistic approach of ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is a testament to IDKHow’s talent to create something so complicated from so little.
Watch the music video for ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dx9nGBsl7I
Don’t be put off by Ryan’s menacing stare and give IDKHow a chance by continuing to support them on the endless lead up to what is becoming one of the most anticipated albums of any year.
And for those of you lucky enough to live in the US here are IDKHow’s upcoming tour dates:
April 7 (Los Angeles, CA)
April 8 (Santa Ana, CA)
April 9 (Tucson, AZ)
April 11 (Las Vegas, NV)
April 13 (San Francisco, CA)
April 14 (Sacramento, CA)
April 16 (Seattle, WA)
April 17 (Portland, OR)
Dallon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/DallonWeekes
Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanseaman
Review by Skye W. Winwood