I’ve been thinking a topic on this for awhile. We have a few threads discussing favorite artists or what you’re listening to, but I thought this would be an idea for more in depth discussion of bands and a better way to get your favorite band out there.
Basically the idea is the thread tittle - talk about your favorite band, why you like it, and provide some samples for people to try it out!
I’ll start off - my template doesn’t need to be replicated, I just felt this was the best way to get a good overview of the band in question.
The Band: Electric Six
The Genre: Alt Rock (heavy influences from Funk and Techno)
Recommended if you like: The Offspring, Turbonegro, or anything with a fast beat and irreverent lyrics, with occasional mad philosophy. Or if you like Funk, apparently
2005 Señor Smoke
2007 I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master
2011 Heartbeats and Brainwaves
2014 Human Zoo
2015 Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die!
2016 Roulette Stars of Metro Detroit
2016 Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres
2017 You’re Welcome!
2017 How Dare You?
2018 A Very Electric SiXmas
Their two most famous songs are probably off their debut album, Fire - Gay Bar and Danger! High Voltage.
Why I like Them: Honestly, my main draw with Electric Six are two of my musical staples - high tempo and odd lyrics. Most of their songs are very high energy and fun, and the lyrics range from complete nonsense for “dance” tracks (seen above) and wild swings on philosophy (particularly religion). I’ve been listening to them almost nonstop for a year and didn’t realize how much of them I haven’t heard of them until I posted the discography above. I’ve got some more to get through. They’re one of the few bands that can really pick me up in a Funk, and legend tells that they’re what Slipknot listens to before they head out on stage.
Favorite Albums and Songs:
Fire - they’re opening album has the two more famous songs above, but also some really odd beats like “I Invented the Night”, which to me appears to be a song about an abusive relationship from the side of the abuser which is… interesting if nothing else, and catchy as hell. As much love as I give “Gay Bar” and “Danger! High Voltage”, I think my favorite song on the album though is “I’m the Bomb”, which is probably their best defining song, combining the funk elements I describe above along with ridiculous lyrics that I must belt out at top volume any time it comes on, preferably whilst thrusting my hips. I’d also be remiss to not include “Electric Demons in Love”, which is one of my favorite weird love songs.
KILL - A close second on my album list, KILL is probably their “heaviest” album that I’ve listened to, but still gets very playful and is extremely varied in it’s music. Throughout the listing they manage to get a sound that ranges from Brendon Small’s metalocalypse work to Korn, to Tenacious D. My top tracks from this are the insane “Egyptian Cowboy” and hilarious “Escape from Ohio”. Another favorite here is “Steal Your Bones”, an oddly sad story of love and cloning.
I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master - “Exterminate” is a really weird showing, and might be the best “sampler” for E6, as it kind of bounces around their different wheelhouses. I’m a big fan of “Lenny Kravitz”, a cautionary tale of porno and excess, “Down at Mcdonnelzz” a cautionary tale of street gangs, music and late shifts at fast food eateries, and “When I get to the Green Building”, a weird take on death with imagary really only important to the artist.
Devil Nights -
Watching Evil Empires Fall Apart -
While Flashy and Senor Smoke are both pretty solid albums on their own, these two songs are probably my favorites from the two for radically different reasons. Devil Nights is an ear worm that refuses to get out of your head, and Watching Evil Empires Fall Apart is just a very well put together song about the dedication one person puts into their probably toxic relationship set to the tune of a conquering warlord.
So, what do you think of my pick and what band are you going to sell?