Album Review: Electric Six – “Zodiac”
Since their brief dalliance with the mainstream seven years ago with their debut album “Fire” and its two Top 5 singles “Danger! High Voltage!” and “Gay Bar”, Electric Six appear to have settled quite comfortably into their niche as a cult band, appreciated by their loyal fans and generally getting the response of “Blimey – are THEY still going?” to those not so much in the loop.
And it’s kind of a pity to be honest because the truth is that they’re still a damn fine band all these years on. Now on album number eight, Dick Valentine and co appear to be sticking to the adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. And it’s a good thing they have because on “Zodiac” they remain as wonderfully warped and insane as ever. Let’s be honest, if you’re looking for the answers to the mystery of life, you’re probably not gonna find them in songs like “American Cheese” and “Jam It In The Hole”. But that doesn’t matter, what matters is that these songs are as incredibly catchy and unhinged as ever with plenty of highlights from the electro-influenced epic “Doom And Gloom And Doom And Gloom” through the pop-punk of “Countdown To The Countdown” and “The Rubberband Man” to the brilliantly demented loungecore of “Tables And Chairs”.
If you want a reminder of how good Electric Six are or, indeed, if you’re intrigued as to what they sound like nowadays (answer as I said before, not really a whole lot different to how they were in 2003 but that’s definitely a good thing) then you could do a lot worse than hunt down a copy of “Zodiac”.