Thirteen. It’s a really lucky number. When you turn thirteen, you get to have a bat mitzvah. That’s the definition of lucky. Want another example? If you live on the thirteenth floor of an apartment building, you get to tell people you live on the fourteenth floor, and this allows you to come off like a slightly higher roller. You see where we are going with this? Thirteen is not bad at all…nay, it’s good!
Detroit’s favorite Dance Rockers ELECTRIC SIX joins the lucky thirteen club with their new release HOW DARE YOU which is available this October 13, 2017 on Metropolis Records. Name another band that has made thirteen albums besides Sparks…You probably couldn’t do it before, but now you can. And did you look at the calendar? October 13, 2017 is a Friday… That’s Friday the 13th. And pssst, look at the track listing below and guess how many tracks there are. Yep… You guessed correctly!
Electric Six has been around a long time now and must be treated with respect – the kind of respect that Sparks gets… as well as Neil Young. Neil Young probably has thirteen albums, come to think of it. Treat Electric Six like you would Sparks and Neil Young.
But respect, as Electric Six knows, is a two-way street. How Dare You is the sound of a rock and roll band respecting its fans, giving them what we have to believe they want. By now, they’re tried 12 albums worth of all the approaches to being Electric Six, and How Dare You is a sampler’s plate of some of the finest approaches.
How Dare You moves seamlessly from the bouncy and poppy numbers like “Arrive Alive” and “She’s a Forgery” to the brooding and menacing “Dark Politics” and the title track “How Dare You”. Dare we say that Electric Six ventures into prog rock with relatively complicated numbers like “The Hotel Mary Chang” and “The Chimes of Titus”? Does that sound like a band down on its luck? Heck no. How Dare You is a showcase of talents, ideas and dreams and it winds its way through you like a colonoscope that is administered without anesthesia, ending with the gorgeous alt-country stylings of “A Quiet Man”, a sad waltz for all the West Texas petroleum industry whistleblowers who live the rest of their days in witness protection programs.
To summarize, How Dare You is Electric Six’s thirteenth album… but the only thing unlucky about that is that it just means you have to wait one more year for their epic 14th album Staten Island Ass Squad… which will also come out on Metropolis Records.
When you look at Electric Six, you do not meet their gaze, which means you revere them the same way you would Sparks, Neil Young… and Venom. And respect, as always, is earned. Luck, in all its various forms, is just a number.
How Dare You comes out this October 13, 2017 on Metropolis Records. Come see Electric Six tour in support of How Dare You on the appropriately named “You Ain’t Paid For Shit This Whole Time!” tour.
HOW DARE YOU – Track Listing
1. Chicken Wine
2. Arrive Alive
3. She’s A Forgery
4. The Hotel Mary Chang
5. Sex With Somebody
6. Dark Politics
7. How Dare You
8. The Chimes of Titus
9. The Lovliest Man In Town
10. Hatchet Man
12. A Quiet Man
13. Routine Cocooning
You Ain’t Paid For Shit This Whole Time! Tour
Sep 23St. Andrew’s Hall @ Detroit, MI Sep 24Horseshoe Tavern @ Toronto, Canada Sep 25 L’Escogriffe @ Montreal, Canada Sep 26 Thunder Road @ Somerville, MA Sep 27American Beauty @ New York, NY Sep 28Black Cat @ Washington, DC Sep 29Milkboy @ Philadelphia, PA Sep 30Metro Gallery @ Baltimore, MD Oct 01 Cat’s Cradle @ Carrboro, NC Oct 03529 @ Atlanta, GA Oct 04Backbooth @ Orlando, FL Oct 05Kelsey Theater @ West Palm Beach, FL Oct 06 Fifth And Thomas @ Tallahassee, FL Oct 07The Concourse @ Knoxville, TN Oct 08Zanzabar @ Louisville, KY Oct 10Club Café @ Pittsburgh, PA Oct 11The Basement @ Columbus, OH Oct 12Art In @ Madison, WI Oct 13Reggie’s @ Chicago, IL Oct 14The Loft @ Lansing, MI