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REVIEW: Dandy Warhols - Distortland

REVIEW: Dandy Warhols - Distortland

By: Daniel Ward
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A review of the Dandy Warhols album Distortland.

 

Here it is: album number 10 from the Dandys. Almost two decades after they tripped their way out of Portland with the dancing-heroine-needle-David-LaChappelle-directed classic “Not if You Were the Last Junky on Earth” and the semi-staged feud between them and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, featured on the documentary Dig—they’re still running strong.  


Their latest offering Distortland doesn’t have the drive power-pop feel of ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down or the sass of the synth-fueled Welcome to the Monkey House, but the Dandys don’t seem interested in recreating those moments.  Without losing their signature sound, they’ve ventured even further away from their flirtation with pop and deeper into a trippy world of expansive and hypnotic atmospheres.


It all begins with “Search Party” and the all-too-familiar Dandy’s bounce on the distorted keyboard bass.  However, “Semper Fidelis” quickly changes it up with an unusually metalesque guitar and an almost gothy vibe.  Changing directions again, “Pope Reverend Jim” pushes towards the bouncy and erratic feel of Sparks.  However it’s “Catcher In The Rye” that harkens back to more classic Dandy Warhols with singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s signature deep vocals riding atop a rubberband bassline.  


“STYGGO” drops a disco beat, bouncy guitar and bass and slathers some do do doos on top of it all.  This proves to be one of the catchiest songs on the record.  “You Are Killing Me” locks into the same groove and adds some sweet guitar chugging to boot.


Bringing the glorious gloom,  “Give” brushes away the blue skies away while “Doves” paints the soundscape of a vast ocean or cloud-streaked sky.


“All The Girls In London” shows that the Dandys are still in touch with the 70s glam while “The Grow Up Song” ends the record just like just like Welcome to the Monkey House began: crunchy guitars and snotty lyrics.


After more than two decades recording together, of course the Dandys are going to be different.  Distortland shows that the band still has an edge and isn’t afraid to put out a record that’s on their terms.

 

Dandy Warhols - Distortland


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