**PIC Blur-endorsed Icelandic duo move from techno to post-punk on an itchy claustrophobic debut
Sneering attitude, sarcasm, sex, drone, cheekbones, psychedelics and a splash of [a]Keith Richards[/a]' blood...
The Dandys' aren't fucking up tonight, though, they are doing something they seem to take pretty seriously: fucking around, and having fun doing it.
During the tongued and cheeky honky-tonk 'Country Leaver' and the mid-Western send-up 'Minnesoter', Courtney Taylor and Zia McCabe grin at each other like gargoyles. Even funnier, though, are back-to-back black-comedy hits 'Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth' and 'Bohemian Like You', sending the stocking-hatted, pig-tailed, cool kids into a pogo without any sense of irony.
Everyone and everything is on. Brent DeBoer has either healed from his show-slumping kidney surgery or taken enough pills to kill the pain. The slow building 'Be-In' goes space-out, then rock-out, then full-on air raid (sirens courtesy of Korgstress McCabe). Peter Holmstrom shows copping Stones riffs is not all he can do, getting downright evil while pulling Pete Townshend windmills like a lifer for 'Boys Better'. Taylor even shows off his Lou Reed impression, croaking through 'Godless' with a Stetsoned Troy on an understated but remarkable backing trumpet.
The Dandys still rule, and when the now shirtless Taylor (sorry boys) sings, "Don't have to be fucking brilliant to see, I'm not as smart as I seem to be," for the audience-requested closer 'Genius', you can be sure he's not entirely serious.
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