Before the release of Distortland, The Dandy Warhols had released 9 albums. So the obvious challenge involved with their tenth album was trying to keep things fresh and different without sounding unoriginal and repetitive.
‘Search Party’ provides a great insight into what to expect from the album—guitar driven tunes. The opener is ambient in nature and the vocals are hidden under a thick heavy layer of instrumentals. ‘Semper Fidelis’ seems them take a slightly different than their opener. The dance infused beat reminds we of an underground dark disco that only fans of The Dandy Warhols would know about. It’s sounds are ominous and will send you into a trance.
‘Catcher in the Rye’—which bares no direct links to the novel—follows an intense crazy baseline that is borderline mental. It’s nature is guitar driven like the opener. ‘Styggo’ is a clever transition from the previous track and they both exhibit similar elements. ‘Give’ provides the sounds that will remind fans of The Dandy Warhols of old. The feeling of ‘Give’ will send you into a drug infused haze, even without drugs.
‘You Are Killing Me’ is the first single to be released from the album. This then transitions into ‘All the Girls in London’, which is one of the most memorable tracks from the album and a highlight. Though much of the album can be as described an ominous and downcast, this track provides a brief moment to have a groove. If The Dandy Warhols have any live dates coming up, this is one to look out for in their set. ‘The Grow Up Song’ is kind of out of place on the album, but in a way it provides a great closer to what is a heavy album. Whereas the rest of the tracks are guitar heavy, this track only features one guitar. The highlight from the track is the line "I've got to admit, I'm too old for this shit.”
Overall, Distortland is a solid release from a band who have done it all during the coarse of their career. Though it doesn’t provide any breakthroughs style wise, it’s still an excellent album.
now out via iTunes
Written by Sally Swan