Live Gallery: The Dandy Warhols at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney 01.05.2024

Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols, an outfit whose music pulses with a cool detachment, consist of four individuals who each bring a distinct flavour to the table and tonight they are playing the Enmore Theatre in Sydney.

It’s twenty years since the release of Ondi Timoner’s cult classic documentary Dig!, in which the interwoven sagas of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre were documented. Recently, the BJM had a tumultuous tour of Australia, which became a live spectacle of discord, with band members openly squabbling on stage.

The Dandy Warhols are touring in support of their latest offering, ‘Rockmaker,’ an album that The Arts STL heralds as “a kaleidoscope of sound and style as only The Dandy Warhols can bring, with their infectious and psychedelic vibes that defy easy categorisation.”

Adding an extra layer of allure to this sonic evolution, the album features the iconic Debbie Harry on the track ‘I Will Never Stop Loving You,’ blending her timeless vocal charm with the band’s dynamic soundscape. Blondie recently performed at the Pandemonium Festival. The album also features Frank Black (Pixies) on ‘Danzig With Myself’ and Slash (Guns N’ Roses) on ‘I’d Like To Help You With Your Problem.’

At the helm of the Dandies is Courtney Taylor-Taylor, whose vocals (he uses twin mics) and guitar work anchor the band’s signature sound—part rock, part psychedelic echo chamber. Beside him, Peter Holmström wields his guitar, layering intricate licks that spiral into the band’s sprawling soundscapes. On keys and backing vocals, occasionally transitioning to bass, Zia McCabe adds a dimension of ethereal vibrancy, her presence both sonic and commanding, with that iconic tambourine in hand, jerking and jiving – she’s the fibrillating heartbeat of The Dandy Warhols. Completing the quartet is Brent DeBoer, who manages the drums and backing vocals, providing the rhythmic backbone that propels their music forward. Together, they craft a sound that’s as much an homage to the past as it is a rendition of the contemporary, a sonic interplay that reverberates with the tensions of modernity.

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