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Electric Six

April 26, The Big Easy


The first time you hear Detroit-based Electric Six or see one of their videos, you'll be hard-pressed to discern if these guys are serious or parodying the whole of pop/rock music. Turns out it may be a bit of both.

Together since 1996, the band, headed up by vocalist Dick Valentine, has made a name for itself in the rock scene not only by what they do, but by what they don't. Their songs are like mini Seinfeld episodes. Valentine once said, "most of our songs are about nothing." Proof? On "I Buy The Drugs" a track from their latest release Switzerland, Valentine croon croaks, "And I don't mind your rabid doggy/And I don't mind it when it bites/'Cause the days and nights and the nights are longer/We're watching days turn into nights."

Their videos are no less nutty. In the video for "Gay Bar" (off 2003's Fire), several Abraham Lincolns work out, pole dance and bathe, singing, "I wanna take you to a gay bar/I wanna take you to a gay bar, I wanna take you to a gay bar." So, maybe the lyrics are nonsensical, maybe Valentine sings in a falsetto/South Park character voice, but it's all on top of some very serious rock. Employing plenty of guitar riffs, spacey synth lines, pounding drums and poppy hooks, Valentine, guitarists The Colonel and Johnny Na$hinal, bassist John R. Dequindre, Tait Nucleus? on synthesizer and drummer Percussion World make a brilliant blend of glam rock, garage rock and synth pop that's energetic, entertaining and guaranteed to mess with your head. In a good way.

—Amy Atkins

April 26, 8 p.m., $15, with Test Your Reflex and Night Kills the Day. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 208-376-1212.