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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rock out with your cock out!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Detroit's own Electric Six knows how to mix a sense of humor with a taste for AC/DC, Queen and Devo without coming across as a parody. Unlike the Darkness, who couldn't keep the fire burning after their first acclaimed album, E6 is still doing it right on this, their fifth release of cock-rockable, dance-worthy anthems.

Flashy kicks off with the exceptionally catchy, trumpet-infused "Gay Bar, Part 2," which isn't an actual sequel to one of their best-loved tracks but still a firecracker nonetheless. The song title points to their sense of humor but it also highlights that the band has yet to come close to duplicating the success of "Gay Bar" and "Danger! High Voltage" — a rather frustrating fact seeing as how both songs are from their 2003 debut, Fire.

But Flashy does sport strong contenders. "Formula 409" (the first single, complete with a new hilarious video that deserves to go viral) has enough crunchy guitar, frenetic sax and hair metal-inspired falsetto to inspire even the jaded among us to nod and emphatically belt out lines like "You can clean your kitchen, baby!" like an OCD headbanger. Another standout, "We Were Witchy Witchy White Women," isn't quite "Gay Bar," either. But with its anthemic hooks and nods to witches and lesbian witches, it's surely a commendable "Gay Bar" companion piece. Ultimately, one of Electric Six's greatest feats is their ability to recognize that a great hook and refrain can make even the most inane subject matter seem important. As a result, it's nearly impossible not to pump your fist in the air and sing along such lines as, "She's a nine-to-fiver/got evil up inside her/ she's a graphic designer!" So stop being so damn serious and let E6 show you how to get Flashy. It's a good look for you!

Laura Witkowski reviews music for Metro Times. Send comments to letters@metrotimes.com.

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