The Dandy Warhols Celebrate 25 Years; Release New Album & Tour

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Celebrations for The Dandy Warhols’ 25th anniversary include a new album, ‘Why You So Crazy’ (Dine Alone Records) out January 25th, a single-shot 360° short film featuring Mad Men’s Jessica Paré for the single ‘Be Alright,’ and a 2019 tour of Europe, the UK and North America as well as exclusive goodies available via PledgeMusic. “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. You can pre-order the record HERE.

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.

“Back in 2002, the Dandy Warhols bought a ten thousand square foot building in what was then industrial NW Portland and created The Odditorium, a place that soon became their band headquarters, recording studio, and hang out for them and all their friends and fellow artists,” says Moyer. “I’ve been there many times and it is such a cool and ethereal place, full of psychedelia and gothic touches and auras, that it just makes your head spin trying to take all of it in as you walk through the unique rock n roll space. So what better way than to use a head spinning media format to take the viewer on a magical journey through the Dandy Warhols own space and sound, with the new single ‘Be Alright’ making things exactly that along the way.”

“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.

Keyboardist Zia McCabe can’t help but wonder about the complications of building a set list around an entire career as opposed to an individual album; “Oh man, how are we going to fit something from each album into our set? Don’t worry, we’ll figure it out and it will be legendary. Get ready for a massive concussion of rock and roll that’s been a quarter of a century in the making.”

‘WHY YOU SO CRAZY’ tracklisting:

1. Fred N Ginger
2. Terraform
3. Highlife
4. Be Alright
5. Thee Elegant Bum
6. Sins Are Forgiven
7. Next Thing I Know
8. Small Town Girls
9. To The Church
10. Motor City Steel
11. Forever
12. Ondine

25th Anniversary 2019 Tour:
Jan 24 – De Roma VZW – Antwerp
Jan 25 – Olympia – Paris
Jan 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam
Jan 27 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin
Jan 29 – O2 Institute – Birmingham
Jan 30 – Old Fruitmarket – Glasgow
Jan 31 – Albert Hall – Manchester
Feb 1 – O2 Academy Brixton – London

North American Dates
May 3 – 5 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival (on sale 11.14)
May 6 – Washington, D.C. – 9.30 Club
May 7 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
May 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
May 10 – Toronto, ON – CMW
May 11 – Chicago, IL – Metro
May 12 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 14 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at the Ace Hotel
May 17 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory at North Park
May 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

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