As you may have read in our previous article listing the top 8 albums dropping this Friday, October 7th Electric Six are releasing their 12th record “Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres”. It’s chock full of urban tracks with an electronic tinge perfect for a night out at your favorite goth club or even a fun album to blast this Halloween - I’m sure the ghouls and ghosts wouldn’t mind it. Without further ado let’s get right into this sizzling record and off we go!
Electric Six open things up by having an instrumental synth driven track called "Acid Reducer" that’s almost angelic but at the same time dancey with rhythmic beats. I quite like how it provides a smooth introduction before moving in the heavy artillery in the next song. Think of it as the calm before the storm. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s mosey on down to the second song.
The first lyrical track is called “The Number of the Beast”, which is likely inspired by early rap/disco hits from the 70’s to the 80’s. I love the beat as well as the synth action going on alongside it. The electronics are on point as they’re brought to life by the electric guitars that just shred loud and fast letting go of their aggression. If Dracula himself has a favorite song, this may very well be it.
Speaking of disco, break out the bell bottoms and platforms shoes because “Mood is Improving” immediately follows right behind. It’s a smooth, slick track one could find themselves grooving to, especially the rad guitar solo in the middle of the track. I swear to God, if you aren’t secretly playing air guitar in your room while rocking out on your bed then I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
I’ve spoken too much about instrumentation, so let’s shift over to the lyrics. I can’t help but laugh out loud and smile hard when vocalist Dick Valentine blurts out "I'm used to all the conflict, and I'm used to all the hassle. And I'm used to you dragging your fat ass up to White Castle” in the aforementioned song and “Drop a deuce” from “(Be My) Skin Caboose”. The quirky lyrics sort of remind me of Tenacious D and their silliness set to a backdrop of slick rock n’ roll music; it’s great they don’t take themselves too seriously like many bands do nowadays.
The album seals things off with the closer “Space Walkin’”, which again I enjoy lyrically as Valentine describes the beauty that is outer space and all that makes it wondrous to the human eye. Musically it starts out with an acoustic melody that shifts into faster cadence with the help of drum and bass. A cool track to chill out to at a bar or simply one last dance at the club with that stranger you’ve had your eye on before packing up and going home.
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