Celebrations for The Dandy Warhols’ 25th anniversary include a new album, ‘Why You So Crazy‘ (Dine Alone Records), a single-shot 360° short film featuring Mad Men’sJessica Paré for the single ‘Be Alright,’ and a 2019 tour of Europe, the UK and North America as well as exclusive goodies available viaPledgeMusic. “The weirdest thing about it being our 25th anniversary is it doesn’t feel like 25 years. Feels like about six. Or five,” muses frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor.
The release of their 10th studio album will see The Dandy Warhols return in singularly freewheeling fashion, careening through classically off-kilter psych-pop (‘Be Alright’), high country-fried Americana (‘Motor City Steel’), and gothic piano-propelled rumbas (‘Forever’). Packing in references as far flung as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Don MacLean’s Chevy, and the church of Bowie’s ‘Modern Love,’ these 12 songs reflect the band’s surrealist visions of an alternate reality.
The 360° short film for ‘Be Alright,’ which centers around the consumption of a magic wine, was done in a single shot and filmed at the band’s space, Odditorium, which includes a bar owned by Taylor-Taylor who has a deep passion for the wine world. Directed by Taylor-Taylor, the video was written and conceived by Kevin Moyer, award winning creative who has worked on music projects with and featuring Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Daniel Johnston, Pearl Jam, Portugal The Man, Willie Nelson, and many others.
“We’ve always been driven to create art with emotional clarity,” says Taylor-Taylor. “That’s what the world needs more than ever right now. I’ve never felt so strongly that people are losing their minds, and it’s more of them than ever before. Local politics, international politics, news programs, sitcoms, and our president all feel like the heat got turned up. It doesn’t feel like a natural progression of insanity, it just happened. Most people are behaving in a manner that can only be described as batshit crazy.”
To help counter the insanity, The Dandy Warhols are hitting the road in 2019. European/UK dates will stop in Antwerp, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London. North American dates will bring them to Atlanta, Washington, Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
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