Garage rock has been revisited by everyone from Jack White to The Hives, but no one does it quite like Electric Six. Their music is glammed-up garage rock for the New Wave revival, complete with synth solos, campy lyrics, and enough hyperactivity to warrant a band-wide prescription for Adderall.
The Motor City sextet took the Bowery Ballrom's stage in tuxedos and evening wear, looking surprisingly respectable until they ripped into the spastic set-opener "Improper Dancing." "Have you ever been to New York City?" sang frontman Dick Valentine, smiling confidently as the crowd went positively insane in response. An hour of sweaty, high-octane music followed, with lyrics covering such R-rated topics as drug consumption and diseased girls. The singer broke down and ditched his soggy tuxedo for the group's encore, but even a casually-dressed Valentine couldn't lose the collective heart of this audience.
Formerly known as the Wildbunch, the Detroit-based sextet Electric Six mixes together garage, disco, punk, new wave, and metal.
Singer Dick Valentine, guitarists Rock and Roll Indian and Surge Joebot, bassist Disco, and drummer M. formed the Wildbunch in 1996. Changes in record labels and band personnel were frequent, but the group struck gold with 2001's "Danger! High Voltage," which became an underground hit (particularly in the U.K.).
The following year, Electric Six 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, the band went through a massive change in lineup. This new lineup soon landed a record deal with Rushmore, a British Warner Bros. imprint, in 2004. After yet another lineup change, the second Electric Six album, Señor Smoke, was released in the U.K. in 2005. Switzerland, the band's latest album, was released stateside in the fall of 2006.