released Sept 28th, 2010
from the album - After Hours
Formerly known as the Wildbunch, the Detroit sextet Electric Six mix garage, disco, punk, new wave, and metal into cleverly dumb, in-your-face songs like "Danger! High Voltage," which reached number two on the British charts early in 2003. Singer Dick Valentine, guitarists Rock and Roll Indian and Surge Joebot, bassist Disco, and drummer M. formed the Wildbunch in 1996 (keyboardist Tait Nucleus? joined the band later), releasing their debut single, "I Lost Control (Of My Rock & Roll)," and the eight-track An Evening with the Many Moods of the Wildbunch's Greatest Hits...Tonight! that year on Uchu Cult Records. They also released 1999's full-length on that imprint. The group switched to Flying Bomb for singles like 1997's "The Ballade of MC Sucka DJ," the Christmas single "Flying Bomb Surprise Package, Vol. 1," and 2001's "Danger! High Voltage," which became an underground hit, particularly in the U.K.
The following year the group signed to XL and re-recorded "Danger! High Voltage," this time adding backing vocals from the White Stripes' Jack White. After the re-release of the single in 2003, Electric Six issued their full-length debut album, Fire, later that spring. Just a few weeks after the album's release, Disco, Rock and Roll Indian, and Surge Joebot left the band and were replaced by Frank Lloyd Bonaventure, the Colonel, and 661453Johnny Na$hinal. In 2004, the band got a new record deal with Rushmore, a British Warner Bros. imprint, and lost Bonaventure and M., whose bass and drum duties were filled by John R. Dequindre and Percussion World, respectively. The second Electric Six album, Señor Smoke, arrived in the U.K. early in 2005. It took another year for the album to be released stateside, on Metropolis Records. Switzerland arrived in fall of 2006 and I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master followed in October of 2007. Early in 2008, Valentine embarked on his American Troubadour solo tour, which included stops in Hamtramck, MI, and Portland, OR; that spring, Electric Six recorded their fifth album, Flashy, in the Colonel's studio. Metropolis released Flashy that fall, followed by Sexy Trash, a thirty track album of demos and previously unreleased material, and two new studio albums, Kill (2009) and Zodiac (2010).
After 14 years and 7 studio albums, over the top doesnt even begin to describe Electric Six. Despite an ever-rotating lineup, Dick Valentine and company have consistently put out some of the most uninhibited, bombastic, and downright fun dance-rock to get a dancefloor moving, and Zodiac is no exception. A change of pace from the amps-to-11 rock fest that was KILL, Zodiac is a more nocturnal affair, with less focus on intensity and more dance grooves. Like the title of the opening track, After Hours, implies, this feels more like an album to keep the party going at the after-hours club than one youd use to light the fuse on an all-night rager. The smooth sax of American Cheese and the twisting synths and disco beat of Jam It in the Hole are the perfect soundtrack for any late-night gathering, giving listeners something to get down to without grabbing them by the collar and throwing them into a dance frenzy, giving the album a more casual, laid-back feeling than some of thre group's earlier work. Lyrically, frontman Dick Valentine is as amazingly irreverent as ever, delivering lines like In the writings of the Druids, lies a recipe for Druid fluid, sounds like a most refreshing drink to me on Clusterfuck. Valentines lyrics are delivered with a rigorousness that seems like its meant to assure the listener that the only thing the Electric Six take seriously is having fun. It feels good to know that someone out there is fighting for our right to party.
1 After Hours Spencer 2:22
2 American Cheese Spencer 4:20
3 Clusterfuck! Spencer 4:36
4 Countdown To the Countdown Spencer 3:08
5 Doom and Gloom and Doom and Gloom Spencer 5:23
6 Jam It In the Hole Spencer 3:51
7 I Am a Song! Spencer 3:45
8 It Ain't Punk Rock Spencer 3:58
9 Love Song For Myself Spencer 4:20
10 The Rubberband Man Bell, Creed 3:50
11 Table and Chairs Spencer 4:36
12 Talking Turkey Spencer 4:20