Metropolis Records [Release date 07.10.16]
American oddballs Electric Six are back with their 12th album in as many years…the strangely titled “Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres”. To be honest I didn’t know they were still active and only remember them through the enjoyable videos for “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”…both of which were big UK hits and came from their self-titled debut album back in 2003.
Electric Six is still led from the front by the one and only Dick Valentine (Tyler Spencer to his family) who is joined by original keyboard player Tait Nucleus? (aka Christopher Tait) and long-time guitarist Johnny Na$hinal (aka John Nash). Also along for this weird ride are guitarist Da Ve (aka Dave Malosh), bassist Rob Lower and new drummer Two-Handed Bob (aka Noah Appel).
“Fresh Blood for Tired Vampires” certainly contains an eclectic selection of styles and for my personal taste most of these are unfortunately a fairly unlistenable mix of funk, eighties pop, brass…nothing pleasant to these ears. I suppose Devo might be a fair comparison.
Best of the bunch are the odd but enjoyable The Number of the Beast and closer Space Walkin’ which immediately brings David Bowie to mind.
I’m sure there are fans of Electric Six’s strange mix of styles, often in the same song, but I’m not one of them. **
Review by Phil Berisford
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