From the bad pun of their name to their constant referencing of the Velvet Underground, hubris has perhaps always been the Dandys’ greatest talent. True to form, Are Sound is essentially an alternate mix of an earlier album, Welcome to the Monkey House.
The story goes that in 2003 Capitol Records rejected the band’s preferred mix of that album (by Russell Elavedo) in favour of a mix by Peter Wheatley (the engineer behind Sugababes and Sophie Ellis-Bextor). Now the band is setting matters right by releasing Elavedo’s mix, with a different title, an amended track order, and new song tacked on the end. Do you care? Thought not. Strictly for fans.