There are quality bands both musically and lyrically, and there are
good bands that are both funny and entertaining. Then there is Electric
Six, which is all of the above. The cult followers of the Dick
Valentine-led 6-piece can pretty much assume that the band is either
playing a live date somewhere, working on a new album, or possibly
making one of their dozens of hilarious, half-hearted music videos. A
fresh batch of songs from their fourth release, verbosely titled I
Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the
Master, may not explore many new topics, but it will provide new life
to aging songs from their 2003 release Fire. The "Dance Commander"
replacement, "It’s Showtime," ends with Valentine’s wisdom: "Don't tell
me how to do my job now / 'Cause I'm totally doin' my job now" — which
Electric Six does every time they take the stage. (Appearing at Double
Door on March 29) --text: Joseph O'Fallon--photo: Pieter Van Hattem
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