February 23, 2006


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Electric Six, Señor Smoke
Metropolis Records, 2006

The big surprise here is what’s on the outside: long regarded as the seat of techno power, Metropolis has apparently slapped themselves with a set of black-hearted corporate initiatives which involve signing and/or distributing bands that don’t know a Deep Dish from a Skinny Puppy and are instead bent on weaseling their way into the hearts and minds of the indie world. This Detroit-bred prototype released Señor Smoke in the UK and Aussieland to varying degrees of success over a year ago, and the band would actually fit well on tour with fellow Metropolis signees Mindless Self Indulgence: in counterpoint to MSI’s hyperspeed loudmouth brat-punk, we’d have Electric Six’s Zodiac Mindwarp-speed loudmouth brat-punk, which back-pats itself with Rocky Horror theatrics perfect for consumption by the Nickelodeon generation while blabbering Satan-is-my-homey lyrics (“Girls eatin evil hamburgers, boys eatin evil fries”). Sure, it’s about time this made it to the States, but is Kansas really worthy? B+
— Eric Saeger