A 13-Minute Chat with The Dandy Warhols About the 13th Anniversary of Thirteen Tales
Triskaidekaphobic fans of the Dandy Warhols are probably clawing at themselves in fits of anxiety over the Portland alternative demi-gods' upcoming tour, but thankfully the rest of us hoping to hear the songs of Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia will have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks. This was in the works the second the band realized that the thirteenth anniversary of Thirteen Tales was occurring in 2013, and they leapt at the chance to revisit the arguable crown jewel of their discography to date--especially as 13 has proven to be immeasurably lucky for the Dandys.
On June 11, the Dandy Warhols will be putting out both a 180-gram pressing of the re-mastered Thirteen Tales as well as a deluxe edition bursting with bonus and reworked material to mark the occasion. Before that, they're taking Thirteen Tales to the stage, performing the album in its entirety on a string of national dates--including Terminal 5 tomorrow night--with expanded arrangements that will reintroduce us to the shiny, revved-up versions of the indie-alt classics they've been playing on repeat since 2001.
"The album feels brand new," says keyboardist Zia McCabe, calling while walking back from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. (The establishment invited the band by and hooked 'em up with with a visit while they were in town, which they enthusiastically enjoyed.) For McCabe, this thirteenth anniversary tour has provided her with an opportunity to fall deeper in love with Thirteen Tales' more obscure cuts and the songs she wasn't the biggest fan of the first time around, like the meditative distortion of "Nietzche."
"It's been sort of spectacular for us," she says. "We just can't believe how ['Nietzche'] feels. We haven't performed that song live, so it's been a new one to learn. The ones we've been playing all these years have been more of a challenge, because we've changed arrangements and we thought, you know, we've learned that in this live version it's been very hard for our brains to undo and learn the album version. It's been neat to approach these songs and wanting to reproduce the recorded versions live. This isn't anything we've ever tried to do or anything we felt like we could before. It's so exciting to hear these songs come alive, especially songs that we've never toured behind."