Dance, Dance, Revolucion!
Electric Sixâ€šÃ„Ã´s latest effort, SeâˆšÂ±or Smoke, is a good example of what the band have referred to as their â€šÃ„Ãºtotal entertainment solution:â€šÃ„Ã¹ a mix of AC/DC stadium riffs and Devo-like keyboards over infectious dance grooves that sound like the best damn disco/rock mash-up ever. Frontman Dick Valentine sings across this 70â€šÃ„Ã´s inspired landscape like a deviant Neil Diamond, snarling like Axl Rose with Jack Blackâ€šÃ„Ã´s comedic timing. From the start, this album is about having fun in all its incarnations: sex, dancing, fast-food and rocking out. SeâˆšÂ±or Smoke wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t change the world but it could become your next guilty pleasure. Upon first listen, SeâˆšÂ±or Smoke sounds absurd, but in the best possible way. Electric 6 lay down some serious grooves but their lyrics are rife with inside-jokes, double entendre and non-sequiturs about Presidents, Karate and The Jacksons. â€šÃ„ÃºDevil Nightsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ begins with â€šÃ„Ãºsatanicâ€šÃ„Ã¹ backwards loops but ends up the tastiest disco groove since Wild Cherry. â€šÃ„ÃºRock and Roll Evacuationâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is an irresistible, energetic rocker while â€šÃ„ÃºJimmy Carterâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is an improbable anthem about, partially at least, The Backstreet Boys.
The comedy wears thin in spots and the low moments feel pointless and nonsensical, but Electric 6 lay it down with so much conviction and insanity that you canâ€šÃ„Ã´t help but have a good time. SeâˆšÂ±or Smoke will make you want to dance like Travolta, rock like Jimmy Page, and get Farah Fawcett wasted on cheap booze at the roller rink. Not only is that a good thing, the guys in Electric Six would probably approve. So, next time youâ€šÃ„Ã´re planning a party that involves drinking, girls, dancing and mayhem make sure this record is in the mix.