Music | Review | The Dandy Warhols – Distortland


Available now via Dine Alone Records

Rating: 7/10

By Kieran Webber

The Dandy Warhols are a band that I have always heard thanks to the single ‘Bohemian Like You’ being used on an advert, but never actually really listened to properly though after giving ‘Distortland’ a spin (many times) I can now proudly say I am now a fan and will be looking through the discography eagerly.

The fact that one of their singles was used on an advert could of put them into the one hit wonder category but in the time between then and ‘Distortland’ they have released a plethora of great singles, such as ‘Every Day Should Be A Holiday’, ‘Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth’, ‘We Used To Be Friends’ and ‘You Were The Last High’ .

You can expect to hear everything that is associated with The Dandy Warhols within ‘Distortland’ from the catchy indie hooks and the self loathing vocals and lyrics from Taylor-Taylor, but you can also hear elements of psychedlia that weren’t there in previous work. This new element is heard right from the beginning in opening track ‘Search Party’ which is carried by a reverbed guitar whilst drowned vocals float on top. Whilst the single ‘STYGGO’ is everything you’d expect to hear from the Portland veterans, a track that is groovy, funky and at its core infectious.

As a whole ‘Distortland’ has blended all the best elements that The Dandy Warhols are known for and to still be here for a ninth album in itself is an achievement but to create one that is still reminiscent of your original work yet still relevant is close to genius, By adding touches of psychedlia and shoegaze into their addictive indie rock has created a fresh yet nostalgic sound.