Every track seems like a hallucination of great pop hooks and melodies from The Byrds to The Stones and Nirvana. THE GUARDIAN
A melange of rock, pop, psychedelia and harmonies with the sheen of clever songwriting. NME
Insidiously catchy, eccentric and altogether dandy. HEAT
Whilst at the same time, always succeeding on their own terms and retaining their underground penchant for reinvention, experimentation, spontaneity, versatility and twisting conventions with surprises at every turn. Thus ensuring that their name, thanks also in part to their appearance alongside the Brian Jonestown Massacre in the infamous and decadent music documentary DiG! (which won the 2004 Sundance Grand Jury Prize), has been firmly etched into pop consciousness.
Now free from Capitol Records and operating completely independently through their own label, Beat The World Records, interestingly, in the bands hometown of Portland, Oregon, a quarter city block even houses their very own recording studio a creative hub and musical stove known as The Odditorium. Which was fashioned after Andy Warhol's Factory and provides Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals / guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmström (guitar) and Brent De Boer (drums), with the ideal spot to immerse themselves in music, video, art, design, live performances and partying, as and when they choose to. In turn, yielding those marvellous songs that so many of us love!
Songs that have effortlessly weathered the passing of time / fashions and are littered with particles of garage rock n roll, smatterings of pop, scraps of stoner shoegaze, locomotive riffs, nagging hooks, gripping / brazen vocals, dark droning grooves, narcotic ambience, tongue-in-cheek humour, wry sardonic wit, hazy chilled-out rhythms, lilting country, fragments of funk and blues, slacker druggy hedonism, trippy far out nonchalance, shreds of warm vintage cool and outer space jams.
And whose audacious charm, eccentricity, contagious eclectic styles + cornucopia of influences, were once sagaciously described as being able to burrow into the deepest folds of your brain, swerving from heroin to bubblegum. Because not only do The Dandy Warhols songs spill out of them, celebrating and subverting guitar music in the process, but as one journalist so eloquently put it, The elegantly wasted group dance between genres, taking the ghosts of the music they love and bringing them into their world!
After travelling up to the historic and tragically soon-to-be demolished London Astoria, where I witnessed the bands staggering 26 song set from the opening note to the last chord a great final gig to see there! That nights hottest ticket in town, even saw Minnesoter and the rarely performed Dandy Warhols TV Theme Song being played at the request of die-hard fans down the front, with Courtney later joking about overrunning the venues curfew, "We are so gonna get into big trouble you guys!
Although I was lucky enough to have a photo pass for this show,
sadly, a face-to-face interview wasnt possible on the day, but
Zia very kindly answered a Questionnaire for me upon the groups
return to US soil. But in the immortal words of one of the quartets
biggest hits, please come back to the UK very soon Dandys, Cause
I like you, yeah I like you and I'm feeling so Bohemian Like You
1.If you could write the perfect headline for an article about The
Dandy Warhols, what would it be?
A very special thanks to Zia, to The Dandy Warhols Management Nicole + Lee, and to Alex + Tasha @ Scruffy Bird, for all of their time and help.