Upon their inception, they were considered to be the America response to Brit-Pop. It was obvious that there was something special about Portland’s The Dandy Warhols – a je ne sais quoi if you will, that separated them from the rock pack of the mid-90s. That was a long time ago…now, it’s even clearer – the band was more than just a response to the context of the time – it was the soundtrack of it.

We Used To Be Friends, Godless, Everyday Should Be A Holiday, Bohemian Like You…It was Zeitgeist-penetrating hit after Zeitgeist-penetrating hit from the outfit throughout their career. More recently, earlier in the year the band released Distortland, yet another worthy addition to their swelling body of work.

Dandys are currently touring the album throughout America, resulting in what drummer Brent DeBoer describes as “A massive concussion of rock n’ roll with The Dandy Warhols.” Considering soon it will be Australians feeling said concussion, we caught up with Brent, now a proud Melbourne resident, to check in on the vibe within The Dandys…

Brent: I live in Melbourne now, you know? So I’ll actually be cruising home. Then, for once – well, it actually happens about once a year but, it’s always nice – The whole band comes to visit me, instead of the other way around. This is my 9th trip this year from Australia to America and back. Nine round trips.
The Neversphere: Whoa, Once a month, basically…
Brent: [Laughs], Yeah! And I still have to do one more of those because after the Aussie Dandy shows I gotta head to the States for more shows on the West Coast. It’s been a pretty hectic year, so next year I think well take it a little easier.
The Neversphere: Well, I guess that’s just one of the consequences of writing good music, man, so you’ll get no sympathy from me…
Brent: [Explodes in laughter] Ahhh…Yeah.
The Neversphere: Distortland came out in August, I always like speaking to artists a few months after the fact so we have the benefit of hindsight. Now that it’s had time to resonate with the fans, how was the overall reception to the album?
Brent: I think really well! The only way you really know any more these days is how often people yell out for one song off the record or you see people singing along, or when the opening riff of one of the new songs start and people cheer real loud – then you know you’re reaching them.

But you can’t really mark the success of an album on much more than that, because nobody buys them anymore. We move a lot of vinyl though. People are hearing the album one way or another, this is really cool. They’re also coming to the shows, which have been a lot of fun so far, so hopefully Australia will be the same way.
The Neversphere: Did you initially have a success marker for the album? Or were you fairly secure in your decision to not have a success marker in place before you even started?
Brent: We just wanted all the proper stoners of the world to hear it and get really tripped out, and crank it up and their parties. Hopefully it brings comfort to those in need and it seems like that’s been the case. I’ve only heard people tell me over and over how much they like the album, so that’s a good feeling. At the end of the day, the main #1 mark of success for us is to just make the songs sound as good as possibly can so that we want to play the record and so we enjoy it.

We aren’t so strange and different from the rest of the world to think that if we really love it that everyone else is going to hate it. We don’t even think about it, we just make sure that it trips us out and warps around our heads, and there’s nothing about it that gives you feeling of annoyance. As soon as you can make it through the album in numerous environments – headphones, on speakers at home by yourself, in the car – and not feel the need to turn to whomever you’re with and say ‘oh, ok, we’ll fix that guitar part’ then you know you’re all good.

That’s the cool thing with making music these days. It’s just so easy to get that thing out there and be able to go back and open it and fix up some things you noticed were wrong. When you’re in a social setting with a bunch of people and you’re in that appropriate place for music to be playing, you really can sense that shift in energy when something’s gone wrong, and that’s the kind of thing that ends up getting entire songs kicked off the album. So this one passed all the tests and we’ve been really happy with it.

The Neversphere: So The Dandy Warhols have amassed a large arsenal of hits throughout your back catalogue, how have the new songs gone down live in and amongst the older ones?
Brent: We’re doing roughly 3-5 of them a night, depending on what the situation is. Some rooms just don’t like certain songs and you can sense it so you just skip it. Alternatively, some rooms you’re like ‘oh my god, we gotta play that song’, and we’ll add it just because you can tell it’ll be epic in a particular room.

I think there are about 136 Dandy Warhol songs now or something…You just can’t play them all, my arms would fall off.
The Neversphere: You could always just announce Dandy WarFest and play all of them!
Brent: [Laughs] Do a whole festival and just do 11 sets…
The Neversphere: So what’s it like when the band have to come all the way to Australia just to visit you? With an Australian element in the band, does the band go even harder when they’re Down Under?
Brent: Well, I think we keep our regular party rhythm, no matter what continent we’re on. But it is different. Last time, we had a party over at my place and invited like 60 people, it was really fun. I think we’ll have a BBQ this time. Zia [McCabe, Keyboard]’s going to stay with us for a couple of days; it’ll be really cool.
The Neversphere: I wanna ask if I can come too but I won’t go there…
Brent: [Explodes in laughter even harder].
The Neversphere: You mentioned you have another U.S run after Australia, what’s on next on the cards for The Dandy Warhols?
Brent: Well, only a few days after the Aussie days wrap up, I’m heading back to the States. We got a bunch of shows, then Christmas with my family and go on a little ski trip. Then rent a car and road trip down to L.A. It’ll be one hell of an adventure. Then, starting in February we’re going on our European tour.

But then…But then…in March we’re going to take some chill time. It’s been the most insane year ever. I actually play guitar for a band called Immigrant Union in Australia, so we have a new record coming out. Come to think of it, we’ll be I’ll probably be rolling around a van in Australia with those guys for a little bit…

Actually, you know what…there’ll be no down time. I’ve only just figured it out – there won’t be any.

…But, I like what I do.


The Dandy Warhols Australian Tour October 2016
Tickets on sale now

Wednesday, October 26th
Metro City, Perth
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Thursday, October 27th
HQ, Adelaide
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Saturday, October 29th
Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Sunday, October 30th
Parkwood Tavern, Gold Coast
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Thursday, November 3rd
ANU Bar, Canberra
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Friday, November 4th
Big Top, Sydney
Tickets: Metropolis Touring

Saturday, November
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets: Metropolis Touring