“And now, my drummer will start us off in the key of G.”
So said Dick Valentine, frontman for the Electric Six. And with those words, the band broke out into the driving chords of another song.
Last Wednesday night, October 13, the velvet burnout wallpaper of Pittsburgh’s Brillobox reverberated with rock. The Electric Six, an irreverent band from Detroit, took down the house with stellar songs and curious, quirky commentary. Opening with their set with the wildly fun “Gay Bar,” an upbeat, garage, disco, punk-steeped number, the band proceeded to play a fiery, fabulous show. Following the opening number, the Electric Six, in the words of their lead singer, ‘took it directly to the hits.’ Between the cacophony of chords, Mr. Valentine entertained the audience with off-beat statements, often referencing local venues – “Back when I was a student at the Carnegie Mellon School of Robotics..,” or “That’s my drummer. He’s from Squirrel Hill, California. Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, California. Let’s take it directly to the hits.” Great for laughs and good for dancing, the band smashed through the show with vigor, verve, and vitality. One got the sense that Mr. Valentine – who carried the concert with his singing, exaggerated dancing, and amusingly sly sideways stares – and his band didn’t take themselves too seriously. This tongue and cheek approach made the concert excellently entertaining. Kudos to the Electric Six for a show more well done than ground meat that’s undergone a fire in a Taco Bell.
Read on to hear about the rest of the show.Also worth mentioning was the first opening band, The Hood Gang, seen below. Anyone who flails around in gold spandex shorts and wrestling belts, or seriously wears a nude body suit and abominable snowman-style boots gets an A+ for entertainment in my book.
The Electric Six will be making rounds in the US before heading to the UK. See their superbly hilarious videos, read their odd and amusing bio, or find tour dates on the band’s website.