Cool & Cocky

Detroit's Electric Six toe the line between rock and mock.

"I made up the address, but I guess it's like one ZIP code digit away from the Fox Broadcasting Co.'s address, so it was kind of a happy accident," Valentine laughs. "I don't think I'll suffer any consequences as a result. I think Fox at this point, it'd be like... well, like when I go to bed at night in some of these hotels we Priceline and I wake up with bedbug bites. I don't sue the hotel; I just roll with it. I deal with it. I think Fox will do the same thing."

But while the good times continue to roll, Switzerland also acknowledges the "dark side of the party." Groupies signal danger on the filthy synth grinder "Infected Girls" ("I gave you my heart, I gave you my soul/Now I'm just another number at the Center for Disease Control"). Evil policemen and merciless birds bent on world domination inhabit "I Wish This Song Was Louder." E6 even threatens to pull the plug on the party on, well, "Pulling the Plug on the Party."

"I think it's kind of a half-and-half record — half dark, half light," Valentine says. "You get a little of both, which is how life goes. The duality, the yin and the yang... all that Eastern shit. I mean, Fire is basically an Andrew W.K. record, and so I guess we're moving away from that. But we intend to be in this band for the next 20 to 30 years, and we're gonna put out a record every year, so we just look at this as a record, and then the next record could go in one direction or the other, more dark or less dark. But we're gonna do it all. At some point, we're gonna do a record that's completely dark. One hundred-percent dark."

Electric Six: Must be Friday.
Electric Six: Must be Friday.

Is Valentine afraid of what might happen to his soul when he visits those dark places? "Nahhh," he replies. "I don't know that our music takes us to any places other than Cracker Barrel."

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