April was due to be the month beloved indie outfit The Dandy Warhols went back out on the road to play tour dates on the East Coast of the United States. Instead, like so many of us, they find themselves bunkered down in Portland and (in drummer Brent DeBoer’s case) Melbourne, beginning the journey of adjustment to the new living restrictions imposed because of ‘the virus’. But like a flower blooming through the cracks of a concrete pavement, true magic can often yield strong under such painstaking confinements; as is the case with the conjuring of The Dandys’ lastest studio album Tafelmuzik Means More When You’re Alone. We chat with band member Zia McCabe all about it.

Hey Dandys, so good to hear new music from you again! You’ve got a new 4-HOUR album out titled Tafelmuzik Means More When You’re Alone, which is the perfect antidote to the current isolated state we’re living in. Can you tell us a bit about this one and how it came to be?

Initially, the main guiding factor was Peter’s inspiration to make an experimental album from instruments we didn’t typically play or even playing with items at the studio not typically considered instruments. Later Courtney realized it was basically an electronic version of the 16th century genre of music called Tafelmuzik. Once the pandemic hit we realized the music also served a wonderful purpose of providing light hearted background music for being stuck at home.

April was due to be the month you guys went back out on the road to tour the East Coast of the States. How did you take the news that this could no longer go ahead as planned and how are you all coping with the current isolation measures? 

Of course not getting to rock is always a bit disappointing but part of me appreciates a break from the pace I’m used to.

Being spread across the world with members in Portland and Melbourne, have you had any chance to talk next-steps for The Dandy Warhols? Any Zoom jams, Skype sessions or emailing of demos etc.?

Tracking long distance is now as easy as it is to track in the same room so no slow down there. No “zoom jams” though. Ha, just when we thought the term “jam” couldn’t sound any sillier.

April is a big time for getting behind the music industry, with Record Store Day worldwide and Aus Music t-shirt day in Australia happening over the past weekend to name a few. What records have you been spinning lately, and what band’s merch did you last wear?

Dang it, now I have to admit I have a Dandy’s sweatshirt on as I type this. We had a neat track ready to release for RSD, it’s a Velvet Underground cover, Femme Fatale with Bebe Buelle singing on it. I’m guessing it will come out later on the RSD make up date. 

Finally, if you were stuck in isolation with only one other artist/band, who would it be and why? 

Probably our drummer Brent Deboer because he knows all the great songs on guitar making sing alongs easily accessible. He can also run home recording gear so we could make up our own experimental music whenever we wanted. Also, he’s really fun to hang out with.

Tafelmuzik Means More When You’re Alone is out now via The Dandy Warhols Bandcamp music.dandywarhols.com
$1 from each purchase will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity who provide financial assistance to musicians.

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Listen to Zia’s Coronavirus Isolation Playlist below: