The Dandy Warhols, Roxy Lounge, 5/20/12
The Dandy Warhols
The Roxy Lounge
Sunday, May 20, 2012
You'd be hard-pressed to find a band as crowd-pleasing as The Dandy Warhols. On Sunday night, the Portland-based quartet covered all their bases, unwinding into shoegaze drifts of fuzz that sent out waves of psychedelic charm balanced by catchy power-pop sing-alongs.
This was the band's first stop in the Valley in almost 14 years. Courtney Taylor-Taylor told the crowd, "Our first time playing in Scottsdale, none of this was here," he said, referring to the crowded Old Town strip.
"We played in a strip club attached to a wrecking yard," Taylor-Taylor said. "Those are my two favorite places, combined into one!"
The show wasn't without some technical hiccups. First, the doors opened around 9 p.m., though advertisements promised 7 p.m., and the thirsty stoners and partiers lined up outside the door were grumbly. Once things kicked off, the monitors kept blowing out, sending screeching feedback into the crowd. Oh, and at one point, keyboardist Zia McCabe was standing in gum.
The band made up for any nuisances with with a distorted version of "Be-In" before moving smoothly into "We Used to Be Friends" and "Not If You Were The Last Junkie on Earth." If the last two tracks are any indication, the band is still harboring some feelings, good or bad, toward The Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe. Even after the show, when I asked Taylor-Taylor what they planned for the band's upcoming 20th anniversary, he laughed and said, "We were thinking of doing a 20/20 vision tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. . . "
You can definitely tell The Dandys have a firm grasp on their history. Most of the setlist highlighted tracks from 2000's Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. Not surprisingly, "Bohemian Like You" and "Get Off" coaxed some of the most crowd singing, and when Taylor-Taylor told fans to chant the absent trumpets on "Godless," the audience did so happily. The mood was complete with as much swaying, hand-waving and vibrating as the venue could fit. Few turnouts, especially in Arizona, are this receptive.
Arizona Highway Patrol was less receptive earlier, as Zia McCabe told the crowd. "I went to jail this morning," she smiled grimly, although she wouldn't say what landed her in handcuffs. "Thanks, Arizona."