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Interview:
Electric Six at Magic Stick, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Fifteen years after its debut album "Fire," Electric Six remains as fully charged as ever.



The Detroit-formed group has released 14 studio albums, three live albums and a film soundtrack since then -- a prodigious amount of work by any standard. This year alone it put out the new "Bride of the Devil," and after its tour ends this weekend Electric Six will be sending out copies of "A Very Electric SiXmas" and "Chill Out," a crowdfunded combination of holiday music and an acoustic live show recorded during March in Hamtramck.



It's been a lot of output in not a lot of time, and Electric Six doesn't seem close to pulling the plug -- though frontman Tyler Spencer, aka Dick Valentine, tells us that the future is always a mystery...



Spencer, 47, says by phone that "Bride of the Devil" was somewhat standard operating procedure for Electric Six. "We always start in January and deliver the record in July. It was in-house production this time; We used our keyboard player, Chris Tait, and our bass player (Rob Lower). I think the goal was to revisit a more basic rock 'n' roll sound as opposed to the past few records that people deemed more experimental. We wanted to get back to basics and have a simpler album."



Spencer adds that Electric Six's productivity is also something that's second nature for the sextet. "It blows my mind how busy this band keeps us. Everybody in this band is super-motivated to keep going. Everybody enjoys writing music, and it's not like we're doing pro rock, you know. This isn't really mystical stuff we're doing. There's six people in the band and they call can write, so it's pretty easy to come up with material."



That said, Spencer notes that the group is "50-50" on whether this coming January will follow suit with the start of a new album. "It's been a long couple of years. We recognize the value of taking a break, but every time we talk about it we end up making another record. You'd think in the traditional arc of things we wouldn't be as in-demand as we are, but we keep getting offered shows and albums. A big part of me would like to take a little break, but another big part of me wants to keep going. We'll see what happens in January."



Detroit's Electric Six comes home with Jeremy and the Harlequins and Any Islands on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Magic Stick, Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. $15. Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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