Live Gig Review by Kurt Dean Darby (Journalist/Writer/Contributor) Myglobalmind Webzine
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‘Electric Six’ once more journey to Northern Ireland to ignite fire in the disco into Belfast’s Limelight and, as expected, deliver a quirky and powerful performance with their own brand of electronic funk rock which enslaves their audience in a frenzy of singing and dancing.
This time Electric Six return with the quest of promoting their ambitious new album, ‘Human Zoo’ which proves that Electric Six not only have the ability to constantly evolve from their previous work as to not make the same album twice. Their quest also seems to extend to show that, as lead singer Dick Valentine mentions more than once in the show, that “Electric Six are still cool”.
Electric Six take to the stage shortly after Irish blues rockers ‘The Whereabouts’ successfully wow the audience with their nostalgic blues rock reminiscent of such historically prominent musical giants like The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. The Whereabouts make certain that spirits are high within the audience for the main act, who are greeted like heroes as they make their entrance and break into the opening track from their new record, ‘Karate Lips’, a song that infuses lyrics which remind me of 80’s karate movies and a powerful stomp-worthy guitar riff with a strongly executed chorus. It is a perfect song to not only open the door to what is expected to be a fun filled and energetic performance, but to also showcase their new tracks which allow all to see that Electric Six is a band who can still make music and are not living in the shadow of their previous hits artistically.
The high turnout crowd are enslaved by the effortlessly charismatic frontman, Dick Valentine, who’s dry wit humours the audience between songs, and then engulfs them with his impressive vocal as shapes are thrown by a crowd with happily lit faces and my extortionately priced beer frequently showers myself and those around me as the audience amass into a sea of careless sways.
The infectiously groovy ‘The New Shampoo’ really does enforce Electric Six as good musicians who can write about anything silly (I could be wrong, but I don’t see any kind of metaphorical depth in a song about shampoo) and make it enjoyable. A significant part of the attraction of Electric Six as performers is their ability to not take themselves too seriously.
It is then that the energy shifts once more as Electric Six launch themselves into the 2003 guitar heavy giant hit, ‘Gay Bar’ which proves to be one of the night’s highlights and just when I thought the audience couldn’t get any crazier… The nostalgia is just as overwhelming to hear a great (and rather comedic) song that used to completely dominate airwaves and music channels alike. The song bridges a transition into the somewhat lesser known ‘Gay Bar: Part 2’
It is then that Dick Valentine announces that he and his bandmates will be hanging out after the show in the Limelight’s “Shit Disco” (that’s the actual name of the disco night, promise) which gets quite a strong reaction from a clearly loving fan base. It isn’t long before they’re touching upon the psychedelic influenced ‘Hello! I See You’ which is heavy on the synthesiser with Gary Numanesque vibe. Personal favourite, and probably the funkiest thing I heard all night, ‘Danger! High Voltage’ ups the ante and could’ve possibly been the night’s highlight if it wasn’t for some sound issues during the guitar solo which I had been looking forward to all night, when the guitar sound was drowned out by the overwhelming synth sound. After followed what sounded like quite a roasting of Adam Levine in the song ‘Adam Levine’ which made me really wonder what Adam Levine had done to piss off the band off. (Seriously, I’m curious)
The night finishes with the rock opera-like ‘Dance Trilogy’ which proves to be quite the dance filled and powerful climax to an incredible performance by a band who admittedly are trying to prove they are still cool. Trust me, they are.
Karate Lips /Devil Nights /Good View of the Violence /Down at McDonnelzzz /The New Shampoo /Gay Bar /Gay Bar Part Two /She’s White /It Gets Hot /Hello! I See You /It’s Horseshit! /Improper Dancing /(Who The Hell Just) Call My Phone? /Danger! High Voltage /Adam Levine /Show Me What Your Lights Mean /I Buy the Drugs
(Comprising “The Dance Trilogy”)