The new record from Electric Six, Bride Of The Devil, out today via Metropolis Records, is a blast. A set of tight, punchy pop-punk tunes, the release flies by with more enthusiasm in its grooves than records from newer bands.
"Daddy's Boy" roars like earlier Electric Six numbers with the guitars only louder this time around, while the peppy "(It Gets) (A Little) Jumpy" is a spry bit of guitar-rock, a nice melody wrapped in a studded glove. Elsewhere, the tight "Hades Ladies" buzzes with real bad intent, even as the title cut suggests the best hair metal from the Eighties, the riffs crunchy and the lyrics tongue-in-cheek. Amazingly, on this, album number 14, Dick Valentine manages to sing these cuts with the conviction of a young upstart, the sleazy "You're Toast" another riff-tastic throwback, and "Full Moon Over The Internet" an admirably tuneful bit of alt-rock.
At their best, Electric Six make music that's a bit silly, very loud, and entirely fun. There's not a lot of depth here, of course, but there's a lot of cleverness behind these numbers. That (and a big hook) counts for a lot in my book.
Bride Of The Devil by Electric Six is out today via Metropolis Records.
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