by Shae Moseley
The current foursome -- which consists of original members Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe and drummer Brent De Boer -- lined up side by side across the front of the stage. Three metallic rectangles housing rows of tiny light bulbs were manipulated with swirling patterns of graphics and constant changes in color. This back-lit light kept the Dandys shrouded for most of the set, but lent a decidedly mysterious vibe to the evening (and the simple transitions in hue and pattern never really got old).
The band slowly won over the tepid audience by revisiting gems from its entire back catalog with a fervor and spirit. Holmstrom's guitar-work and effects manipulation was spot-on, and channeled very specific sounds from different eras of the band's discography with precision. McCabe's trademark cutesy bounce was in full-effect as she danced away inside her "cube-o-keyboards" and added to the groove with tasteful flourishes of tambourine and shaker. Taylor-Taylor's voice sounded somewhat stressed at points but overall he belted away and was aided by spot-on vocal harmonies from De Boer.
A wash of rainbow colored lights added to the psychedelic sway of "The Last High," which was the last song before the band took a short intermission when McCabe apparently needed a potty break. Taylor-Taylor took advantage of this lull though by strumming through a slow and intimate solo version of "Everyday Should Be a Holiday."
From there the band rattled off the hit parade, ratcheting up the intensity with each song from "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" to "Bohemian Like You" to "We Used to Be Friends." There were plenty in the audience who definitely appreciated the attention the band paid to its most popular works -- but you could tell by the attentive spirit during the more extended jams and slower psychedelic inteludes that there were plenty of dedicated fans in the crowd as well.