ELECTRIC SIX with support from     MUTANT MONSTER - O2 Academy Newcastle 20.02.18

JAMES WILSON

(PHOTO CREDITS: TURNER PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Electric Six are a band everyone is aware of thanks to hits such as ‘Gay Bar’ and ‘Danger! High Voltage’. This was all that I knew about them, so travelling into the O2 Academy in Newcastle was going into the unknown.

 

The opening act for the night was the Japanese garage punk trio Mutant Monster. The three ladies took the stage with huge smiles which rarely disappeared. As they performed songs which included ‘Girl’s Fight’ and ‘Abnormal’ (from their recent EP of the same title) they always looked as if they were having a blast. This was as infectious as their sound which had a relentless punk swagger with a cool pop undertone.

 

As a band, everyone sounded great with Chad bringing some thunder on the drums while Meana tore it up on the guitar with some epic solos. Be was one of the most animated bass players you will see which helped to reflect the wild energy that this band brings.

 

Lyrically, unless you know Japanese then you might not be able to truly appreciate the message of each song. However, vocally they were flawless. Both Be and Meana took turns in singing while occasionally performing together. There was something special about how all of them delivered some of their infectious hooks. It again showed off this captivating energy that this trio brings to the stage. Overall, a great band that is one to watch!

 

Mutant Monster are:

Be - Wild Bass & Vocal

Meana - Rude Guitar & Vocal

Chad - Sweet Drums & Chorus

 

Find out more about Mutant Monster at:

Website: http://mutant-monster.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mutantmonster.mmgirls/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMgirls_jp

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mmgirls_jp/

 

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Electric Six were up next and as soon as they arrived on stage the crowd were pumped for what was going to happen. All the guys dressed up in various cool outfits including Johnny Na$hinal in a white suit (which he was given the name White Wolf on the night). The atmosphere was highly charged and Dick Valentine already had everyone under his influence from the get go. Then the band let rip with their opening track ‘Rock and Roll Evacuation’.

 

You could tell that these guys have been in the business for some time as the show was slick and they knew exactly how to give everyone what they wanted. They performed 22 songs on the night including some from the new album HOW DARE YOU, which included the title track, ‘The Hotel Mary Chang’ and a personal highlight ‘Arrive Alive’. When the band unleashed the classics ‘Danger! High Voltage’ and ‘Gay Bar’ the crowd went wild, they even had a mosh pit. They also seemed to be loving ‘Down at McDonnelzzz’ and ‘Dance Commander’ which had the same level of insanity.

 

As the music was mostly all new to me, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What did surprise me was how funky they sounded as highlights ‘Dance Epidemic’ and ‘Improper Dancing’ showcased. Not only that, but they really know how to create some catchy hooks as their song ‘Infected Girls’ has become burrowed into my head. Its lyrics are so wrong but so funny.

 

Throughout the set, the band showed off how good they are, including Johnny Na$hinal and Da Ve’s skills on the guitars. As much as everyone was on form, I felt the unsung hero of the night was Rob Lower. The funky bass lines he brought gave each song so much life which at times it felt as if he controlled how the crowd were moving, he was like a puppeteer.

 

Another example of the band’s talent was during the last song, which was a cover of The Dean Ween Group ‘Show Stopper’. This saw everyone in the band change to different musical instruments. Valentine hit the drums while Kubian took over on vocals. Da Ve took over on synths while Nucleus took over on guitar as did Lower. Finally, Johnny Na$hinal took over duties on the bass. It took awhile for the brain to process what went on but there was no denying that the line up might have changed around but the talent was still there. I have to give credit where it is due as Kubian’s vocals sounded pretty damn good.

 

Valentine was the centre of attention throughout the set, no surprise. Vocally he brought power and tenderness which he delivered so effortlessly. Each song showed off a different style to his voice and each time, he was flawless. He also knew how to play with the audience and bring the entertainment. His banter was superb with some great humour but he also showed appreciation to the crowd for coming out.

 

I left the venue with my mind blown with what my ears and eyes had experienced. This was a band who brought the good times with a frontman who is the true definition of an entertainer. I may not have really known about the music or what Electric Six was about beforehand, but I left a genuine fan.

 

SETLIST:

Rock and Roll Evacuation

Naked Pictures (of Your Mother)

Satanic Wheels

Down at McDonnelzzz

The New Shampoo

Gay Bar

How Dare You?

Arrive Alive

She's White

Night Vision

The Hotel Mary Chang

Infected Girls

Future Is in the Future

Improper Dancing

(Who The Hell Just) Call My Phone?

Danger! High Voltage

I'll Be In Touch

Synthesizer

Dance Epidemic

I Buy The Drugs

 

Encore:

Dance Commander

Show Stopper (The Dean Ween Group cover)

 

Electric Six are:

Dick Valentine - Vocals,

Da Ve - Guitar,

Johnny Na$hinal - Guitar,

Tait Nucleus - Keyboard

Rob Lower - Bass

Ray Kubian - Drums

 

Find out more about the world of Electric Six at:

Website: http://www.electricsix.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electricsixofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/electric6

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/electricsix1/

 

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