Courtney Taylor-Taylor doesn't hesitate to call the Dandy Warhols' latest road trek "just amazing, one of the best tours ever." But he swears it's not typical rock star hyperbole.
"Every couple of years we jsut jump up a notch -- I don't know why," says Taylor-Taylor, 44, who co-founded the quartet during 1994 in Portland, Ore. "The band is just really comfortable. Our instruments sound really good. We've had our crew for years. Our (stuff's) dialed in pretty well.
"It just feels far more trippy and euphoric. We're just perfecting this thing we do, I think."
Taylor-Taylor doesn't think the group's latest album -- "This Machine," which came out in April -- has much to do with that progress, however. "I think the studio is a completely different headspace than live," he explains. But Taylor-Taylor says he's happy with the 11-songs set's more stripped-down, guitar-centric approach, a reaction to the "experiments in density" of the Dandy Warhols' last couple of releases.
"Everything was layered and layered and layered. You just get tired of that, I suppose," explained Taylor-Taylor, who co-wrote one track, "The Autumn Carnival," with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. "I was personally more interested in making a very guitar and organic record. I just want to hear a rock band.
"It was great. It was just thrilling. We don't do anything that doesn't immediately turn us on. The thing that guides us, always, is either you're thrilled and you're blowing your own mind or you're not and you keep noodling until you are. I don't know when or if we'll do it like this again, but it felt like the right place for us to be right now."
The Dandy Warhols and 1776 perform Friday, June 8, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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