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.
Mixing together music of wildly differing genres is a tricky business. For every band like the Eureka Machines who are capable of taking a very unlikely set of influences and mixing them together to create something genuinely special, there’s a group of people who try the same trick and get it quite horribly wrong.
I first encountered Raising Sand at a gig promoted by our esteemed ed Nix a few months ago and was impressed by them. Sufficiently so that when the option of giving this album a review came up at the most recent Pure Rawk staff meeting/drinking session, I jumped at the chance.
The field of female-fronted goth-influenced bands seems to be one that’s growing almost by the day recently and it’s safe to say that when you’re in a densely-populated musical field, you need something to make you stand out – a combination of good tunes and the right attitude.
Going into this gig, I had some very limited knowledge of Long Tall Shorty in that I’d heard one of their songs called “1970’s Boy” on some cheapo punk compilation a few years back and knew that they were an early ’80s mod-punk band whose frontman Tony Perfect later went on to join one of my favourite punk groups the Angelic Upstarts. The group have recently emerged from their 20-year-plus hibernation and appear to have gained an extra dose of punk attitude along the way as tonight they play an impressively tight set which reminds me a lot of the Jam’s spikier moments and ends with a competent cover of “I Fought The Law”. Not bad at all.