Touring in support of their 2014 album, "Thirteen Tales of Urban Bohemia Live at the Wonder," a reprise of their 2000 album of the same name, minus the "at the Wonder" part, the band can celebrate their 11th major album over a 20-year career, spanning the death throes of punk, the rise of grunge, and highbrow/lowlife references to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, and, of course, Andy Warhol.
The live version of "We Used to Be Friends" is performed in a breathily acoustic capacity, a change of pace that alters the mood of the song from the bratty, see-you-never album version to a version with electronic beats that suggests a wistful, hope-I-see-you-soon exchange.
"Sleep" retains its four-beat texture with the hypnotic vocal harmonizing from the original album, although a new track, titled "Somethings You Got To Get Over," is an adolescent outcast ballad of sorts with the best use of "Crimson and Clover" since Joan Jett. It's lovely in the KDHX studio, but it's not hard to imagine an album version packing more of a late-'90s throwback wallop.
The Dandys are a surprisingly commercial outfit, and even casual listeners recognize key tracks from TV ads and shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars. However, their populist appeal shouldn't deter anyone as it speaks less of their marketability and more of their talent for straddling genres like garage, grunge, shoegaze and psychedelia without nailing any of their albums to a definitive wall. Judging by this history, their current output, and what looks like an extraordinarily savvy web presence, they probably won't start settling down anytime soon.
All photos by Virginia Harold