"It helps that we love doing this and love to do whatever it takes to stay on the road," says ELECTRIC SIX frontman Dick Valentine, about how prolific he and his five bandmates are. "I've always said that all we need is for each guy in this band to write two songs a year and we have another new album." The result of this ‘two songs per band member’ ideology, HEARTBEATS AND BRAINWAVES, is due out on October 11, 2011 via Metropolis Records. The band will be hitting the road this weekend on its Hello, Destructor!!!! Tour, starting in its home state of Michigan and wrapping around the US.
Heartbeats and Brainwaves marks a return to synth-heavy dance rock that the band cut its proverbial teeth on (i.e. classic like "Danger (High Voltage)", "Gay Bar", "Down At McDonnelzz") while continuing to push the boundaries of its rock exploration.
"We consciously decided to do a synth-heavy album," Dick explains.
"When I first started talking to Johnny Na$hinal about going in that direction for this album, he simply said, 'It's time'."
The album that Electric Six created is one of their most cohesive and expansive records to date. From the smoky "Bad Seeds-esque" swankiness of the opening track "Psychic Visions" to the big-bottomed R&B of "It Gets Hot" to the big, bright pop of "The Intergalactic Version", this album keeps their funk/dance rock core intact while expanding in textures, rhythm and melody.
"The intention of 'The Intergalactic Version' was to make the outro as poppy and triumphant as possible," he says. "We think we did that, but it also ended up sounding like it belonged in a bank commercial. Banks can be triumphant too... though it's been awhile."
"I personally love every track on this album," Dick surmises about how it seems to encompass their whole identity. "I think that the lyrics on 'We Use The Same Products' are some of my best... and the lyrics on 'Free Samples' are some of my dumbest." And while "French Bacon" tends to rate as his favorite ("for the Giorgio Moroder-reason"), he doesn't play favorites. "We definitely like our albums to be all about the album as a whole and not just one particular song," he concludes. "This one holds up in that regard as well as any we've done."
Electric Six is Dick Valentine (vocals), The Colonel (guitar), Johnny Na$hinal (guitar), Smorgasbord (bass), Tait Nucleus? (synths) and Percussion World (drums). Their eighth album, Heartbeats and Brainwaves, was produced by Zach Shipps and will be released on Metropolis Records on October 11, 2011.
Hello, Destructor!!!! Tour
Sep16 Lansing MI The Loft
Sep17 Ferndale MI DIY Festival
Sep18 Covington KY The Mad Hatter
Sep19 St.Louis MO Firebird
Sep20 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall
Sep22 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
Sep23 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews
Sep24 Omaha NE Waiting Room
Sep25 Kansas City MO Record Bar
Sep26 Columbia MO Mojo's
Sep27 Little Rock AR Stickyz Rock N Roll
Sep28 Norman OK Opolis
Sep30 Denver CO Bluebird Theater
Oct 01 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge
Oct 02 Boise ID Neurolux
Oct 03 Seattle WA Neumo's
Oct 04 Portland OR Dante's
Oct 06 San Francisco CA The Independent
Oct 07 Los Angeles CA Key Club
Oct 08 Santa Ana CA Galaxy Theater
Oct 09 San Diego CA The Casbah
Oct 10 Tempe AZ Sail Inn
Oct 11 Tucson AZ Plush
Oct 13 Dallas TX Prophet Bar
Oct 14 San Antonio TX The Ten Eleven
Oct 15 Austin TX Emo's
Oct 16 Houston TX Fitzgerald's Downstairs
Oct 17 New Orleans LA House of Blues
Oct 19 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbit's
Oct 20 Orlando FL The Social
Oct 23 E. Atlanta GA The Earl
Oct 24 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle
Oct 26 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's
Oct 27 Cambridge MA Middle East
Oct 28 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
Oct 29 Baltimore MD Sonar
Oct 30 Washington DC Black Cat
Nov 01 Pittsburgh PA Brillo Box
Nov 02 Cleveland OH Grog Shop
Nov 03 Grand Rapids MI The Intersection
Nov 04 Chicago IL Double Door
Nov 05 Toledo OH Frankie's