The Dandys started the show started with "Pete International Airport" as an intro that bled right into its early classic, "Boys Better." This was the Dandys in high form, four people who have brought together their energies to put forth a show that is well-honed but fresh. The crowd's notable enthusiasm inspired McCabe to say that while Chicago had given this crowd a run for its money, this audience was possibly even better.
The group selected songs from most of its career for the set with a couple of newer songs from This Machine, including "The Autumn Carnival" and "Sad Vacation." But it was "I Love You" that proved to be the powerhouse performance of the entire set, alongside "Mohammed," and some of the older material.
In the middle of the set, everyone but Courtney Taylor-Taylor left the stage. He joked about how they were all going to the bathroom and then performed "Every Day Should Be A Holiday," pointing one of his two mikes to the audience and encouraging everyone to sing along. That was followed by a short version of "Sleep."
The Dandys saved three of their most beloved numbers for last, starting with "Bohemian Like You," and the room went off more than before -- it's one of those rare songs that resonates with a mass audience while also being a favorite among older fans. That was followed by "Get Off" and "Godless," which inspired more than a few people to sing along.
"Country Leaver" would have been the encore, but the Dandys didn't bother leaving the stage because it would have killed the incredible energy and momentum of the night. Taylor and Peter Holmström proved that being flashy and super technical definitely takes second place to sonic creativity and the ability to use raw sound in a musical way. The Dandys have a knack for making the weird coexist with the conventionally melodic.
At the very end, McCabe came back on stage and, in the charming way only she can, she thanked us profusely for being the kind of audience that clearly appreciated the music. In thanks, she sang a song about the daisy on her toe.