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Electric Six Bellys Back Up To The "Bar" On New Album

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008

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On its fifth album, “Flashy,” Detroit’s Electric Six “got around to a lot of things we’ve been meaning to do,” according to frontman Dick Valentine.

Among those is “Gay Bar Part 2,” which references the hit from the group’s 2003 debut album but, in reality, bears little resemblance to its predecessor.

“It came from kind of a joke,” says Valentine, 36 (real name Tyler Spencer), who splits time between Michigan and New York, where his wife is a graphic designer. “We were on a two-year tour for ‘Fire’ and hadn’t even done the second record yet. Everyone kept asking us what we were going to do, and Tait (Nucleus, keyboardist) said, we were gonna do a song called ‘Gay Bar Part 2.’

“The reaction was ‘Really?! That’s amazing!’ They had no idea we were joking, so I think at that moment we knew at some point we wanted to do a song called ‘Gay Bar Part 2.’”

“Flashy” finds Electric Six looser and more dance-oriented than it’s been since “Fire.” Valentine — who has another band in New York called Evil Cowards — says that’s simply a product of time, some personnel changes and, ultimately, having all involved strike the right balance between the band and the rest of their lives.

“We’re all very happy and satisfied at this point,” he explains. “We’ve all kind of moved into better places to live, everyone’s settled down with the right woman and so forth. And the way we record now, we’re not really beholden to anyone. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone here in Detroit or anywhere else.

“We’re making music we like, on our own schedule and agenda. We just don’t care about any of that other stuff anymore.”

Electric Six, Local H and the Golden Dogs perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 29) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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