The Dandy Warhols have today released their new video for the single titled ‘The Summer Of Hate’. To see what A.I. came up with to the groove and grime of ‘The Summer Of Hate’ is both emotional and scary. Emotional in that we have advanced technology to the point where it, itself, can become creative in its own right and scary, well, for the same reason. Argument aside, the video is a worldbuilding ride into the music and band’ A.I. (actual intelligence) can come up with via simple creativity and natural originality. A perfect cap to the end of a scorching summer.
About ‘The Summer Of Hate’
“Musically, ‘The Summer of Hate’ became our homage to the sounds of The Damned, The MC5, and probably a bit of the Stooges in there as well,” says Courtney Taylor-Taylor of rockers THE DANDY WARHOLS. Talking about their propulsive and powerful new single “The Summer of Hate” whose A.I.-generated video is released today, he adds, “The record was the manifestation of our desire to hear a record of heavy raw punk and metal guitar riffs handled in a way that we felt was cooler than the standard knuckle draggin’ man-rock that still tends to dominate a lot of popular culture in America.”
Combining minor chords and styling them into a revved and greased banger, “The Summer of Hate” marks a swift left hook by a band whose ability to defy odds and switch gears has been a trademark of their indefinable alt-rock foundation. A psych-rock manifesto that incorporates gritty guitars and fuzzed-out vocals with a rhythm so supple and sexy that it belongs on constant rotation on a midnight dancefloor, it’s the perfect embodiment of what Rock And Folk called “the band we’ve all been waiting for.”
“I want to get down / Just lay on the floor / I can’t remember what it’s like to not feel nervous anymore,” he sings amidst a rhythm of swirling guitars and a muscular rhythm section, embracing the Motor City’s penchant for in-your-face rock. “The summer of 2020 was hell in Portland, Oregon with the riots and destruction of the downtown area,” he explains the song’s distinct and firm origin, encircling the current state of his cherished Pacific Northwest home base.
The neon-drenched video was completely created by A.I. “Apparently A.I. felt that what his track is about is a macabre alien hot cave dance party/’60s mini motorcycle rally, and it pretty much nailed it,” he laughs, pointing out the weird and wild imagery he and the video’s creator concocted. “A.I. is like a brilliant child, complete with ego and defense mechanisms. If you try to control it too much, it will rebel by doing some fucked up shit to your project.”
The band kicks off a run of West Coast and Southwest dates this October with The Black Angels (Queen Kwong opens about half the dates). Starting in Tempe, AZ’s The Marquee on Oct. 6, they will be hitting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Dallas and headlining the LEVITATION Festival in Austin with numerous other cities along the way.
About The Dandy Warhols
Formed in Portland, OR, The Dandy Warhols combined the best bits of shoegaze, alternative powerpop and heavy rock with a wicked satirical pen. Spawning alt-rock mainstays like “Bohemian Like You”, “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth,” “”Have a Kick Ass Summer (Me and My Friends)” and the synth-disco jam “We Used to Be Friends.” The band is currently working on the follow-up to 2020’s experimental concept album Tafelmuzik Means More When You’re Alone and the 2023 digital EP The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The Dandy Warhols is Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Peter Holmström (guitar, keyboards), Zia McCabe (keyboard, bass, percussion), and Brent DeBoer (drums, backing vocals). “The Summer of Hate” will be available on DSPs on October 13, 2023.