Monday, November 5, 2012

Electric Six is Worth Seeing Nine Times: Here's Why

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

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Even for a band that tours frequently, Electric Six rolls into town quite often. The dance-rocker's show tomorrow (Tuesday, November 6) will be its fifth appearance at the relatively young Firebird, and before that E6 also performed at Fubar and the late Creepy Crawl. I've seen almost all of the band's shows in St. Louis. By my count, Tuesday will be my ninth time seeing Detroit's most bitchin' sextet. Even if you aren't as extreme a fan as I am, this band is worth seeing again and again. Here are six reasons why.

6. Variety...

Electric Six has released eight albums, and until this year had been pumping out a new disc every fall. The band takes advantage its vast catalog affords them by never repeating its sets. The "hits" mix freely with deep-cuts from every LP, and the group doesn't skimp on rarities or covers.

Electric Six's variety extends beyond song selection and into the group's voice. Frontman Dick Valentine's description of the Six's sound as Kiss meets Talking Heads is more or less accurate, but the band has never been afraid to take on different styles. This is a good thing. Whether trading in country grooves, glistening electro-pop beats or indulging in Latin-percussion breakdowns and dubby codas, Electric Six brings a lot to the table without biting off more than it can chew. The band expertly balances different influences with its own songwriting voice so that their genre flirtations, while notably different from their regular style, are still recognizably Electric Six songs. This all-encompassing approach keeps the party that is their show fresh.

5. ...But not too much variety

All that said, Electric Six knows what pays its bills. Anyone coming to hear the band's two biggest hits "Danger! High Voltage" and "Gay Bar" will not leave disappointed. Likewise, fan-favorites like "I Buy The Drugs" and "Dance Epidemic" rarely go un-played. Judging by the rowdy crowd response these tracks evoke, this won't and shouldn't change. Speaking of which...

4. Great crowds

Electric Six fans come ready to rock, dance and have a good time. They don't need to be told to yell, "GO!" in the chorus of "Down At McDonnelzz". Good-natured pits are formed, and they don't spill out into the people who don't want to mosh. A party is nothing if the vibe in the room is dead, but the Firebird always comes alive at an E6 show.

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