Okilly Dokilly, Playboy Manbaby
February 25th, 2019
The Lookout Lounge
It’s taken me a few weeks to finish this review. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how to even approach it. While both Okilly Dokilly, and Playboy Manbaby could be considered “parody” bands, each of these groups takes their music and stage shows very seriously. And how could they not? Relentless touring and grassroots campaigning has grown their fanbase exponentially over the past few years, so there’s a certain level of expectations that these guys have to meet when face to face with their fans.
After a few lackluster local openers, Arizona natives Playboy Manbaby were ready for their Omaha debut. While very few in the crowd were familiar with their music, these guys’ stage presence was more than enough to pump the crowd into a moshing frenzy. It was a fun set that was also rather brutal. Knowing very little about the band, and knowing nothing about their music, Playboy Manbaby’s set was the perfect environment to lose myself in the moment.
Having seen Okilly Dokilly open for Mac Sabbath the year before, I kind of had an idea what to expect from their set. They were a fun band to watch, and there was no denying that the crowd absolutely adored their unique Ned Flanders style of old school punk mixed with death metal. What I was not expecting was how much there music and talent would have grown in such a short amount of time.
While there’s absolutely a sense of humor in their stage presence, and comedy in their songs’ lyrics, these dudes are hardcore professional. The band commands a certain sense of urgency when on stage, and uses their Flanders-esque charisma to lure the crowd closer to the stage and into the mosh-tastic danger zone. These guys definitely Reneducated Omaha.