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The Dandy Warhols - Old Fruitmarket - 30/01/19



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On the back of the release of their tenth studio album ‘Why You So Crazy?’, Portland indie stalwarts The Dandy Warhols return to Glasgow for a special twenty-fifth anniversary show. For a band who are known primarily for their big hits being used in adverts or games, they have never shied away from pushing the boundaries and keeping their music progressive and genre-defying. While there may be have been some raised eyebrows at the Dandies being booked for a festival like Celtic Connections, with a reputation as an intriguing live band, they without doubt fit the festival’s criteria on providing a diverse programme.

The Dandys slink onto the stage without any fanfare and frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor launches into the scuzzy riff of ‘Forever’. The four-piece are lined in a row across the stage, with no egotistic frontman hogging the limelight and the whole band ooze a swaggering cool, even if they are hidden behind atmospheric lighting, which drapes over them for most of the show.

The classic glam stomp of ‘We Used to Be Friends’ and an infectious ‘Get Off’ are knocked out early doors, with Taylor-Taylor’s vocal hidden behind a mass of distortion. For most other bands, showing such contempt for their biggest singles would be off-putting, however in this case, the tracks lose none of their spark and continue to sound as fresh as ever. Judging by the rapturous reception they receive; the Glasgow crowd concur.

It’s easy to forget just how influential and eclectic The Dandy Warhols are, and how most of the modern stoner-indie poseurs have stolen all their moves. ‘STYGGO’ contains the type of melodic, infectious chorus that Kurt Vile dreams of, and they even throw in a barroom-style hoed


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