Review: The Dandy Warhols at the Gothic Theatre, with 1776 and Wymond Miles, 6/12/12

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Tom Murphy
The Dandy Warhols at The Gothic Theatre


THE DANDY WARHOLS @ Gothic Theatre | 6/12/12

"I Love You" by the Dandy Warhols, which came just after midset, is already a hypnotic song with its fuzzy edges, but last night the Dandys took a four minute song and stretched it into a mind-bending journey with strobes to accent each beat, each step outside the mundane. Zia McCabe's whisper of a chorus somehow passed through the pulsing haze of guitar feedback and echoing swirl of sounds, over the heartbeat cadence of Brent DeBoer's steady percussion and into your brain. At the end of the tune, McCabe said, "If that song didn't make you feel fucked up, this song will. That's the nice thing about our shows. If you buy the ticket, you don't have to buy the drugs too." The follow up was the equally tripped out but more organic "Mohammed."

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Tom Murphy
The Dandy Warhols at The Gothic Theatre

The Dandys started the show started with "Pete International Airport" as an intro that bled right into its early classic, "Boys Better." This was the Dandys in high form, four people who have brought together their energies to put forth a show that is well-honed but fresh. The crowd's notable enthusiasm inspired McCabe to say that while Chicago had given this crowd a run for its money, this audience was possibly even better.

The group selected songs from most of its career for the set with a couple of newer songs from This Machine, including "The Autumn Carnival" and "Sad Vacation." But it was "I Love You" that proved to be the powerhouse performance of the entire set, alongside "Mohammed," and some of the older material.

In the middle of the set, everyone but Courtney Taylor-Taylor left the stage. He joked about how they were all going to the bathroom and then performed "Every Day Should Be A Holiday," pointing one of his two mikes to the audience and encouraging everyone to sing along. That was followed by a short version of "Sleep."

The Dandys saved three of their most beloved numbers for last, starting with "Bohemian Like You," and the room went off more than before -- it's one of those rare songs that resonates with a mass audience while also being a favorite among older fans. That was followed by "Get Off" and "Godless," which inspired more than a few people to sing along.

"Country Leaver" would have been the encore, but the Dandys didn't bother leaving the stage because it would have killed the incredible energy and momentum of the night. Taylor and Peter Holmström proved that being flashy and super technical definitely takes second place to sonic creativity and the ability to use raw sound in a musical way. The Dandys have a knack for making the weird coexist with the conventionally melodic.

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Tom Murphy
Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols at The Gothic Theatre

At the very end, McCabe came back on stage and, in the charming way only she can, she thanked us profusely for being the kind of audience that clearly appreciated the music. In thanks, she sang a song about the daisy on her toe.

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Gothic Theatre

3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Music


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