by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Desktop - Desktop EP (ZIP - 192 KB/S)
Electric Six on a Rocks Off Boat in NYC - Aug 20, 2009 (.A.A.)
When we left Electric Six last week, they were preparing a new album, KILL, due October 20th on Metropolis Records, and just about to play a boat....
"There's something a little unnerving about being anywhere for hours if you have absolutely no option to leave. So boarding a rock 'n' roll party boat for a three-hour concert cruise might not be for everyone; if you wind up hating the music, getting into a fight with your friends, or feeling violently ill, there's literally no way out until the boat docks.I wouldn't call a 3-hour boat ride a commitment to captivity, but to each his/her own.
That element of captivity feels more like a release, though, if you set sail at sunset on the Hudson and the bands are Electric Six, who are out east touring from Michigan, and Les Sans Culottes, the very best faux French retro-rock band in all of Brooklyn. Especially if the boat is named "The Temptress" and has multiple bars and a dance floor (and even if its aroma calls to mind the perspiration of generations past).
Electric Six's "Dick Valentine," the nicest front man who ever moved raving-drunk audience members to perform at-sea body-surfing, said that some people traveled hundreds of miles, some thousands of miles, to be at the show. Screams from the crowd indicated that perhaps it wasn't a joke." [Elle Magazine]
Electric Six's post-river cruise plans include a full fall tour, which will feature opening sets by The Gay Blades and Millions of Brazilians. All three will play on Friday, October 16th at NYC's Hiro Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Thursday August 27th at noon. They'll also be in town for a show at Brooklyn's Southpaw on October 18th. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Electric Six bassist Keith Thompson and Zach Curd from The Pop Project recently launched a side-project under the name Desktop. The group's free three-song EP, linked above, shows off a knack for quirky, bedroom-casio-meets-'80s-prom-night electronic disco.
More info on Desktop and all E6 tour dates are below...
"Desktop is Keith Thompson from Electric Six and Zach Curd from The Pop Project.Electric Six - 2009 Tour Dates
Desktop is unlike Curd's and Thompson's other projects, meeting somewhere between Stevie Wonder, New Order and 80s Detroit techno. Thompson's thick and driving bass lines and Curd's rich, reverb-drenched harmonies stand out as highlights of their debut self-titled EP. The EP was completely collaborative from the onset, with Thompson and Curd constantly revising each other's contributions, at all times pushing for the goal of a better song. Thompson and Curd developed the recordings completely via the internet, never actually working on anything together in the same room.
With all the ambient, axe wielding, lo-fi experimentalists taking over the independent music limelight, Desktop have created a smart, feel-good breath of fresh air.
Keith Thompson plays in Electric Six, known for their hits "Danger! High Voltage" (UK Singles Chart #2) and "Gay Bar" (UK Singles Chart #7). Thompson also is an active member of Detroit's Johnny Headband.
Zach Curd plays keyboards in The Pop Project, known in power-pop circles for 2008's critically acclaimed Stars Of Stage And Screen album. Curd also heads up the Ann Arbor, MI based Suburban Sprawl Music label.
The EP is free online. A very limited run of 200 12" inches with letterpressed jackets will be available via Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack Media on September 29th, 2009." [PR]
Sat 08/22/09 Milford, CT Daniel Street
Thu 10/15/09 Rochester, NY Penny Arcade
Fri 10/16/09 New York, NY Hiro Ballroom @ Maritime Hotel
Sat 10/17/09 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
Sun 10/18/09 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw Music & Entertainment
Tue 10/20/09 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
Wed 10/21/09 Washington, DC Black Cat
Thu 10/22/09 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Fri 10/23/09 Huntington, WV V Club
Sat 10/24/09 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Mon 10/26/09 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Tue 10/27/09 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Wed 10/28/09 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room
Thu 10/29/09 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Fri 10/30/09 Orlando, FL The Social
Sat 10/31/09 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Tue 11/03/09 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Thu 11/05/09 San Antonio, TX Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar
Fri 11/06/09 Austin, TX Emo's
Sat 11/07/09 Denton, TX The Boiler Room
Mon 11/09/09 Tucson, AZ Plush
Tue 11/10/09 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Wed 11/11/09 West Hollywood, CA Key Club
Thu 11/12/09 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Fri 11/13/09 Portland, OR Dante's
Sat 11/14/09 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
Sun 11/15/09 Seattle, WA Neumos
Mon 11/16/09 Boise, ID Neurolux
Tue 11/17/09 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Wed 11/18/09 Casper, WY Central Wyoming Fairgrounds
Thu 11/19/09 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
Fri 11/20/09 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Sat 11/21/09 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Mon 11/23/09 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Tue 11/24/09 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
Wed 11/25/09 East Lansing, MI Small Planet
Sat 12/12/09 Birmingham, United Kingdom O2 Academy Birmingham
w/ Gay Blades & Millions of Brazilians 10/15-11/25