The Dandy Warhols Play Tonight at Emo’s East
Back in the mid-nineties, when “alternative” was used to describe underground or independent music scenes, The Dandy Warhols got together in Portland, OR, founded by guitarist/vocalist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström, along with drummer Eric Hedford. Keyboardist Zia McCabe was on board after Taylor-Taylor saw her working at a coffee house.
Word spread of the band’s impressive gigs – with a bit of notoriety over shows that the band treated as…well…clothing-optional, which is awesome – and it wasn’t long until they were signed to Capitol Records in ‘97. That led to the release of their second album and major label debut, The Dandy Warhols Come Down, a distinctive move away from their rougher garage rock/shoegaze-inspired sound to more psych-influenced tracks. Hedford left the band after some royalties’ disputes, and was replaced by Taylor-Taylor’s cousin, Brent DeBoe.
Over the years, the band experimented with several different genres on their albums, from psych to power pop and even synth-heavy ’80s-inspired styles. This year, they released their eighth album, This Machine, a much more stripped-down and mellow effort defined by a broader palette.
The Dandy Warhols are touring in support of their album, and that includes a stop in Austin for a show tonight at Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. High-octane rock quartet 1776 starts out the night. Doors open at 8 p.m.