Whoever books the music for this fair has once again put together a great line-up of local music (click picture below to see larger version). Possibly the best chance all year to see this many quality local bands for free. (Suck it, Art Beats and Eats!)
Heartbeats and Brainwaves marks a return to synth-heavy dance rock that the band cut its proverbial teeth on (i.e. classic like "Danger (High Voltage)", "Gay Bar", "Down At McDonnelzz") while continuing to push the boundaries of its rock exploration. "We consciously decided to do a synth-heavy album," Dick explains. "When I first started talking to [guitarist] Johnny Na$hinal about going in that direction for this album, he simply said, 'It's time'." The album that Electric Six created is one of their most cohesive and expansive records to date. From the smoky "Bad Seeds-esque" swankiness of the opening track "Psychic Visions" to the big-bottomed R&B of "It Gets Hot" to the big, bright pop of "The Intergalactic Version", this album keeps their funk/dance rock core intact while expanding in textures, rhythm and melody. "The intention of 'The Intergalactic Version' was to make the outro as poppy and triumphant as possible," he says. "We think we did that, but it also ended up sounding like it belonged in a bank commercial. Banks can be triumphant too... though it's been awhile."
"I personally love every track on this album," Dick surmises about how it seems to encompass their whole identity. "I think that the lyrics on 'We Use The Same Products' are some of my best... and the lyrics on 'Free Samples' are some of my dumbest." And while "French Bacon" tends to rate as his favorite ("for the Giorgio Moroder-reason"), he doesn't play favorites. "We definitely like our albums to be all about the album as a whole and not just one particular song," he concludes. "This one holds up in that regard as well as any we've done."