Published Apr 10, 2016Returning to Ottawa for the first time since 2000, no one could have predicted the amount of fanfare and adoration the Dandy Warhols would bring to their Saturday night performance, as their show was moved from the 500-person-capacity Ritual Nightclub to the much larger Bronson Centre.
As fans started to fill the 1000-seat theatre, Shreveport, LA four-piece Seratones tried their damnedest to get the night's energy running high. Led by vocal powerhouse AJ Haynes, the Fat Possum-signees gave the crowd 40 minutes of soul-stirring rock that melded '70s southern R&B with '00s Detroit garage. Haynes used virtually every inch of the condensed stage to dance, prance and rock out, before jumping into the crowd to fill the unoccupied dance floor during their closing number.
Coming on stage to a raucous response, the Dandy Warhols kept their composure, smiling courteously and politely responding to incessant cat calls from the inebriated crowd. After opening with an extended, dreamy version of "Be-In," the Dandys moved between crowd favourites ("Get Off," "The Last High," "We Used to Be Friends"), tracks from their latest LP, Distortland, ("STYGGO," "All the Girls in London," "Search Party") and deep cuts ("Crack Cocaine Rager," "Pete International Airport," "Holding Me Up").
Keeping their live sound consistent with the spaced-out, hazy feel of their new album — and due to the fact that vocalist/guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor behind guitarist Peter Holmström and keyboardist Zia McCabe — the Dandy Warhols seemed to limit the energy coming from the stage, opting to bring the energetic audience to a virtual standstill throughout the 90-minute performance, to better feel the vibes.
Instead of a typical encore, Taylor-Taylor gave his band mates a mid-set break, and performed charming solo renditions of "Every Day Should Be a Holiday" and "Good Morning" before the band returned to break out some of their much-requested tracks, like "Bohemian Like You," "Godless" and a abridged version of "Boys Better." The ever-amiable Dandy Warhols gave the appreciative Ottawa crowd exactly what they were looking for: a memorable return to their city — and the hits.