Why Phoenix-themed Ned Flanders metal band Okilly Dokilly is retiring
Phoenix’s Okilly Dokilly, the world’s first (and only) Ned Flanders-themed metal band, is on indefinite hiatus at the end of the just-announced Tourdilly Do ’22 tour, which also includes Steaksauce Mustache. and does not include a hometown concert.
Band members take a break from the matching sweaters to focus on family and other projects.
In a press release, lead singer Head Ned explained when they started the goal was to play maybe two shows.
“We were imagining being the third or fourth group in a seven-band show metal,” he says. “We would go out in our sweaters and confuse the 12 or 13 people there, and then we had a great story.”
Instead, they went viral in August 2015, winning articles in Entertainment Weekly and The Independent after an interview with Rip It Up, an Australian publication, which got the ball rolling. That’s all before they’ve even played a show.
They have since released two albums and toured several times.
In 2019, they won the highest honor imaginable for a Flanders-themed group.
“The Simpsons” released their video for “White Wine Spritzer” on the closing credits of an episode titled “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say D’oh”.
As Head Ned noted in his press release, “Okilly Dokily did a lot more than I expected. I am truly grateful for all of the people who have been a part of it. And especially to everyone who came to our shows to say howdilly doodilly. “
They have been touring relentlessly since 2016, Ned continued.
“And, last year, I became a dad. So it’s time to take a break. It’s time for me to shave Ned’s mustache and grow daddy’s mustache.”
The Tourdilly Do ’22 tour will serve as a farewell tour as they don’t know if the break will be permanent or not.
“We just want to let everyone know that we won’t be touring or making new music in the next few years,” Head Ned explained. “I don’t know if or when we’ll be back, but right now it’s ‘too much to do’.”
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