It's ironic that, some years back, the Dandy Warhols got caught up in an interband spat with the Brian Jonestown Massacre, as documented in the classic film, "Dig." It's ironic because the Oregon quartet, who just released a brilliant psyche rock album, "This Machine," seem such an easygoing bunch.
"We value pleasure. None of us wants to sit around having a bad time, and we certainly are not going to get caught up in that," says keyboard player Zia McCabe. This ideology has kept the band together for 18 years.
"When we first got to the stage where the honeymoon period was over and your bad side starts to stand out more than your good side, and you're in a van driving through the desert and everyone's tired, we realized why we are doing this," says McCabe.
She means this in a good way, reminding themselves why they're a band in the first place.
"We wanted to make music together, that's why we got together," she states. "Interper-sonal relationships, pointing out each other's flaws is not the most important thing. ... It was a group decision to agree to do that. We fall back on that a lot. Our main motto that helps us get through this is, we say, 'When it's good, it's fun -- and when it's bad, it's funny.' When things are going wrong, hopefully one person at least can crack a joke and lighten the mood."
From Guthrie to Donovan to Dandy
The art on "This Machine" features Courtney Taylor-Taylor's guitar with the title.?McCabe says: "Woody Guthrie had a guitar that said 'This Machine Kills Fascists,' Donovan had a guitar that said 'This Machine Kills.' Courtney was explaining this to me one day and I said, 'Oh, why don't you have a guitar that says 'This Machine'?"
The Dandy Warhols
with Psychic Ills and 1776
Friday, 7 p.m.
279 Tremont St., Boston
$25-$27, 18+, 617-338-7699