The Dandy Warhols at the Gothic Theatre, 6/12/12 (photos and review)By Billy Thieme | June 13th, 2012 | Comments Off
The Dandy Warhols probably do not stand out in most minds as a terribly unique band. If anything, their hodgepodge of collected styles is derivative. Derivative, but exciting, entrancing, hypnotic and brilliantly hooked. And that’s what a loosely-filled audience at the Gothic Theatre got Tuesday night, as Courtney Taylor-Taylor fronted the nearly 20-year-old band. For almost two hours, the Dandys filled the venue with psychedelic garage pop, well hewn by some of the genre’s maestros.
Sweeping melodies backed by droning bass filled the space between Taylor-Taylor’s often deep vocals, Peter Holmstrom’s tranced licks, Zia McCabe’s synth and tambourine gyrations and Brent DeBoer’s drumming.
The setlist was, according to Taylor-Taylor, “totally random.” Sometimes a risky scenario, the strategy worked out — and made the show feel more like a “Greatest Hits” montage than a planned set.
Of course they played hits like “Bohemian Like You,” “The Last High,” “Get Off” and “We Used To Be Friends,” but they also offered some cuts from the new record, “This Machine,” and some droning treats like “Boys Better” and “I Love You.”
Taylor-Taylor’s vocals wavered between sub-par and strained, as if the singer was afflicted with a cold. But he bravely overcame any shortcomings by the end, and threw in brilliant mid-set solo performances of “Every Day Should be a Holiday” and “Sleep.” For a surprise last piece onstage, McCabe came out after the lights had already come up to sing a little tune about a daisy tattoo on her left toe, and thanked Denver for being such an inspiring audience.