Three decades in and still going strong, Portland, Oregon’s alt-rock explorers The Dandy Warhols are hitting the road on the heels of a scorching new single. Band frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor talks to us about the dangers of AI, the secret to the band’s longevity and living through “The Summer of Hate.”
For three decades now, Portland, Oregon-based band The Dandy Warhols have defined cool through albums of brilliant originality—beginning with their 1995 debut Dandys Rule OK—and live shows of note. You may have seen the band in the 2004 documentary Dig! Or perhaps you know their songs “We Used to Be Friends,” “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” and “Bohemian Like You.” Or maybe, just maybe, you’ve been lucky enough to catch them live. Either way, the band rolls on with no end in sight—thankfully.
HUSTLERMagazine.com caught up with head Dandy (or is it head Warhol?) Courtney Taylor-Taylor on the eve of a new tour to discuss the dangers of AI, the challenges of creating music in a world full of hate, weird gifts from fans, and why you should come out and experience them live.
HUSTLERMagazine.com: Are you okay being interviewed by us?
Courtney Taylor-Taylor: Sure.
Where are you right now?
In Portland. We are crazy right before we leave for tour because we don’t do it more than two or three times a year. It’s always chaotic. We look forward to it. We keep the runs short, always go out just a couple weeks at a time. We just did a six-day tour of the Great Lakes, and that was incredible. Before we left, I was depressed and having a hard time in life. Six days later, I was completely reset and had all sorts of energy and great ideas. Touring is a psychologically healthy thing to do.