The Dandy Warhols' Next Goal? Making a Club Banger
The stripped-down, organic sound of the Dandy Warhols new album, "This Machine," may be a reaction to the "experiments in density" of its immediate predecessors. But frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor isn't sure how long the group will remain in that particular sonic space.
"I think we want to make a club banger next...a record specifically for dance clubs," Taylor-Taylor tells Billboard.com. "We're going to a lot of clubs again. We're traveling a lot, and there's not really much to do -- try to find some interesting chefs and maybe go have a drink and go to some club where they play cool, loud music, Primal Scream and Pulp and shit. Pete (Holmstrom, the Dandy Warhols' other guitarist) was the first to mention it on this tour, and I think we all kind of agree that it might be interesting to try that (kind of music) again. We haven't done a club banger since (2003's) 'Welcome to the Monkey House' and (2009's) 'The Dandy Warhols Are Sound,' which are two different approaches."
The quartet's next sonic adventure may have to wait, however. Taylor-Taylor says the Dandy Warhols will be on the road "more or less through the rest of this year, maybe into early next" promoting "This Machine." So he's hoping for "maybe a late winter, early spring" return to the studio, and he's looking forward to a more collaborative process since his bandmates, particularly drummer Brent DeBoer, contributed more songs than ever to the latest release.
"We're becoming more like a Beatle-ish (band), writing things where we now have more than one songwriter," Taylor-Taylor says. "We have three (including keyboardist Zia McCabe), and I think I'm going to somehow try to see what the hell Pete's got to say and forge it into some music. It would be nice to have all of us contributing... after having that weight follow me around for the last 20 years."
Meanwhile, the Dandy Warhols are enjoying the bit of sonic breath it explored on "This Machine." "I was personally interested in making a very guitar and organic record," Taylor-Taylor explains. "After the Dandys' last couple of records, I'm a little bit tired of dance music and loops and beats and layers and all the cutesy, cutesy s*** we've all been kind of hearing for the last eight years or so. I just want to hear a rock band right now, a very guitar-centric, bare bones rock band. That's what we are right now, and it's just thrilling."