Electric Six is a six-piece band from Detroit, Michigan. Their style is a brand of rock music infused with elements of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal all forming a very unique and at times odd sound. The band hit the big time in 2003 with the singles “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”, and subsequently recorded eleven full-length studio albums. However, a twelfth was announced July 2016 with its name being ‘Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres’ and I just so happen to have been lucky enough to review said album!
The variety of sounds on this album makes for a great listen. With the track Acid Reducer and its synths making for an atmospheric intro the album; it lays the perfect ground work for one hell of journey through the tracks this album has to offer. Tunes such as The Number of the Beast, Mood Is Improving, Space Walkin’ and many others, alongside the unmistakeable vocals of Dick Valentine, show off the bands killer ability to blend the styles they are so well known for.
The blending of styles also meant this album was great for different listening sessions too. By which, I meant that whatever mood I was in there was something on this album that I could enjoy. If I fancied a bit of a pogo or dance tunes like I’ll Be In Touch and Lottery Reptiles gave me the perfect soundtrack, and if I just wanted to lay on my sofa and relax then tracks like Greener Pastures and The Lover’s Pie let me do this too. If an album can do that then it’s a winner for me!
Admittedly, if you are of a delicate nature then maybe this album may not be for you, but if you are willing, know the offerings the band have made before and are out looking for something new, then you will no doubt love hearing how the groups sound has developed over time and led to this album and all the flavours it has to offer.
In total, this album has a lot offer and it left me hungry for more. So, if you want something different that will give you a walk on the weird side with a great sound to boot, then you will certainly develop a taste for Fresh Blood!