All Dandys shows should come with a disclaimer: choose your own ending. Pick whether you want to leave on the ultimate high, or the unfortunate, outstayed the welcome but saved it with the last song high.
The Dandy Warhols are 17 years old. Keeping that in mind, they have managed to crank out an astonishing number of hook-driven, absolute killer pop songs. And unlike other bands who have had unexpected commercial hits, the Dandys wear all their songs with pride. Whether playing Lou Weed or We Used To Be Friends, there was a determination behind each song and genuine pleasure gleaming across singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s face, as he harmonised perfectly with drummer Brent De Boer. It almost felt like nothing had changed since their first album, the energy and glee of being a band hasn’t faded for them and it translated to the audience, whose enthusiasm was buoyed by sing-alongs to the expected crowdpleaser hit Bohemian Like You and Horse Pills. Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth and The Legend of the Last of the Outlaw Truckers inspired a chaotic crowd, but it was the one-man performance of Everday Should Be A Holiday from Courtney that had the crowd unite, shouting the song title in time with the frontman, creating his own personal choir.
So how do you cram 17 years worth of music into one night? You play for three hours. This is where even the die-hard fans struggle. Any of the aforementioned hits would’ve left punters in a state of euphoria upon conclusion, but the Dandys carried on. One bizarrely dull jam session with unexpected guests The Vines later, and the ambience had dropped to rescue mission. Luckily they ended with Boys Better, and those who hadn’t already run to the exits mustered their singing voices to belt out ‘Boys you better, you better!’ before heading into the rain. Thankfully, there was no encore.