It might have been in response to the sorry sight of Edinburgh's hardy Tattoo-goers wading through torrential rain outside, but there was a definite moment when The Dandy Warhols decided to ditch the dark psychedelic meanderings of their last album, Odditorium, and reconnect with the summery slacker pop that made them famous. Appearing at one of the smaller venues in T On The Fringe's city-wide programme, the Dandys bantered amiably with the audience in the intimacy of the Liquid Rooms' basement club.
The Oregon four-piece have a tendency towards violent musical mood swings, shifting from guitar pop to experimental synth-scapes, but they have learnt to curb their excesses and, tonight anyway, were in a playful mood. Completely at ease with a raucous sell-out crowd, the growling front man, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, granted a stream of requests, flashing back to their roots with a satirical "Lou Weed", their massive hit "Bohemian Like You" and the slouching "Green". Despite their deceptively louche image, they are an accomplished unit and their new single, "Have A Kick Ass Summer", is an outrageously catchy anthem.
By the end, the Dandys looked like they cared again. They also reminded us that they can still be fun to dance to, leaving everyone sailing into the flooded streets with beatific smiles.Reuse content