The Dandy Warhols and their machine
We have always had a soft spot for the layered but unpretentious rock antics of the Dandy Warhols, even though their eight studio albums haven’t all been of the same quality. Radio hits like “Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” and “Bohemian Like You”, on the other hand, at least stayed in our heads and we didn’t soon get fed up of them.
This Machine rock (Naïve/Pias)
The powerful foursome from Portland, Oregon, led by cousins Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Brent DeBoer, are survivors. On This Machine the synths that occasionally ruled the roost over the last decade have given way to guitars. What’s more, at times the Warhols find themselves in the middle of the grunge revival. The intoxicating melody of the opening track, “Sad Vacation”, is neatly squeezed between distorted guitar sounds, while the crazy instrumental “Alternative Power to the People” sounds just like the title would lead you to expect. Mixer Tchad Blake, moreover, has sporadically injected the familiar mix of psychedelic rock, melancholy vocal parts, and swagger with the straightforward sound of the Black Keys, and surely nodded approvingly when he first heard that lunatic version of the classic “16 Tons” with baritone sax and weird percussion.
27/4, 20.00, €23/26, Ancienne Belgique