For all of their trippy psychedelia and winking indie cool, The Dandy Warhols have always had a countrified smear across their sensitive hearts. So it’s no surprise that Immigrant Union, the new project from Dandys drummer Brent DeBoer, is rooted deep in the soil. The soil of Australia, to be specific, where the longtime Portland resident now calls home, but it’s also plowed with the seeds of Americana.
Like the Dandies at their slowest and most contemplative, there’s a whirling aura of deep sound-scaping beneath the traditional instrumentation on the lead track “My Heart’s a Joke.” It’s a back roads bar band playing on top of a floating bubble of sonic wonder.
The debut self-titled LP from the band, out next week, features a lineup of other indie troubadours Bob Harrow (The Lazy Sons), Peter Lubulwa (Galvatrons), Dave Mudie (Kitchen Knife Wife), Bonez (Thommy and the Tanks) and Courtney Barnett (The Olivettes). It’s like a United Nations of rock, DeBoer said in a statement about their formation. “The reason we named the band Immigrant Union was because Gamma is Ugandan, and Bob immigrated to America when he was a kid and lived in New Hampshire for quite a few years, and then immigrated back to Australia. And obviously I’ve immigrated to Australia recently. So we were looking at each other, and just went with Immigrant Union.”
Listen to the recorded version of the track here, and check out a live recording of the band in the studio below.