It’s hard not to like a band featuring a bassist named Disco and a guitarist who calls himself the Rock and Roll Indian, and it’s even harder when they’re writing songs this willfully weird and irresistibly catchy. The Detroit quintet Electric Six (Disco, Indian, singer Dick Valentine, drummer M, and guitarist Surge Joebot) started out as the Wildbunch in the mid-90s with the new-wavy single “I Lost Control (of My Rock & Roll).” It was with the 2001 single “Danger! High Voltage,” though, that the group broke through to a wider audience. With goofball lyrics like “Fire in the disco / Fire in the Taco Bell / Fire in the disco / Fire in the gates of hell” and an instantly hooky wah-wah guitar riff, the song became a minor English hit, and last year was included on the 2 Many DJ’s mix CD As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2. The new, four-song Danger! High Voltage EP (XL) capitalizes on the song’s success by offering a rerecording with an even cheesier disco-rock feel (imagine the Hives imitating Some Girls-era Stones instead of the Stooges) and someone who sounds exactly like the White Stripes’ Jack White yelping along in the background (though the band insists it’s not him). There’s also a buffed-up remake of “I Lost Control” and an electro remix of “Danger!” by Jacques Lu Cont, aka Les Rythmes Digitales, that probably won’t get as much club play as the original already has. Saturday, March 8, 10 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee; 773-489-3160.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Peter Van Hattem.