Monday 23 April 2018

Review: All fine and dandy back on top

Rock: The Dandy Warhols, Academy, Dublin

A revelation: Dandy Warhols
A revelation: Dandy Warhols
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

In 2001, as retro rock rode a resurgent wave with the breakthrough of The Strokes and The White Stripes, the Dandy Warhols briefly became the uncoolest band in the universe. Their crime was to soundtrack a Vodafone commercial with a song called Bohemian Like You.

Their last studio album This Machine in 2012 was described as their "most sober" to date by the notorious Portland hedonists, but the bad reviews and outright scorn and indignation hadn't gone away. "A band going through the motions", blasted one critic. "An undistinguished slog of an album," tutted another.

On the back of a performance at Indiependence in Mitchelstown, the Warhols conclude their European summer tour with a one night stand in the Academy, which is a tiny venue by the standards of their early noughties heyday.

They're a revelation, spectacularly quashing memories of a painfully dull and lacklustre show in Vicar St a few years ago. Back then, they looked bored out of their minds, but now, they deliver pleasing blasts of neo-psychedelic noise.

Curiously, Chris Constantinou of Adam and the Ants fame pops up to play the flute, which is unexpected to say the least. Singer Corey Taylor-Taylor tells a story about sacking their agent in a pub in Temple Bar, and laughs off Irish people telling him he speaks like Kurt Cobain. Totemic keyboardist, bassist, tambourine player and live wire Zia McCabe is still a fan's favourite, bouncing up and down onstage and receiving her own chant from the audience.

A new song entitled Some Things You've Got to Get Over is another very pleasant surprise. After the phone ad hits of over a decade ago, the Dandy Warhols have exceeded their 15 minutes of fame.

Irish Independent

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