â€śElectric Six are the disco-punk band at the end of the world.â€ť So said one fan at their Wednesday, September 27th show at American Beauty in New York. The group originally hails from Detroit, which has its own apocalyptic problems, but rather than moan, Electric Six celebrate, doing everything they can to party before it all comes crashing down.
The quite prolific group is releasing their thirteenth record on October Thirteenth (a Friday), How Dare You?, but only the title track was featured on the set list. This might have less to do with it not being out yet, than that Electric Six have twelve prior albums, going all the way back to their 2003 debut Fire and its breakthrough singles â€śGay Barâ€ť and â€śDanger! High Voltageâ€ť (a.k.a. the two songs that they still have to play every time). The set list was a mix-and-match from Fire through to Dare, though the first record was the most represented of any. With soon-to-be-thirteen records, they of course missed songs you love (such as â€śRandyâ€™s Hot Tonightâ€ť and â€śLenny Kravitzâ€ť from 2007â€™s I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being the Master â€“ QRO review), but still had so many awesome ones, the night beginning with â€śRock and Roll Evacuationâ€ť off of 2006â€™s Senor Smoke (itâ€™s awesome line, â€śI donâ€™t like the President / He donâ€™t know how to rock!â€ť is even more applicable today â€“ right up there with â€śDrop the deuceâ€ť to rhyme with the title line of â€ś(Be My) Skin Cabooseâ€ť of last yearâ€™s Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres).
Other great pieces played included â€śThe New Shampooâ€ť (from 2013â€™s Mustang â€“ QRO review), not just â€śGay Barâ€ť but following it up with mock-sequel â€śGay Bar Part Two (2008â€™s Flashy â€“ QRO review), Fireâ€™s â€śImproper Dancingâ€ť (particularly appropriate as New York finally repeals its archaic anti-dance cabaret laws â€“ and chorus line, â€śHave you ever been to New York City!?!â€ť), Switzerlandâ€™s â€śI Buy the Drugsâ€ť, Exterminateâ€™s â€śDown at McDonnelzzzâ€ť, and, yes, â€śDanger! High Voltageâ€ť.
[note: American Beauty for some reason has two separate person cageâ€™s on up on its far wall, and yes, a girl got in the one nearest the stage to dance for â€śGay Barâ€ť â€“ only to be outdone by guys rocking both during â€śMcDonnelzzzâ€ťâ€¦]
And special mention must of course be made of singer Dick Valentineâ€™s (QRO interview) between-song banter. There was everything from counting the songs (and getting off count) to mock dissing both where theyâ€™d just played (Boston) and where they would (Philadelphia). â€śThose were our worst three songs,â€ť he announced after the nightâ€™s third song. â€śWe need you to buy our album so we have enough money to make it to Edison, New Jersey.â€ť â€śThis is the ninety-seventh venue weâ€™ve played in this town, but I really feel like weâ€™ve finally arrived.â€ť â€śI donâ€™t like to say it, but weâ€™re legends.â€ť
Given the state of things in America & the world, the end of the world seems closer than ever. But if it comes, Electric Six will still be having a party.