Many will know Electric Six as the American rock band who achieved international recognition in 2003 with their iconic singles Danger! High Voltage and Gay Bar, whose in-your-face musical celebrations of hedonism – described as a combination of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave and metal – have brought them prolonged international success. 14 studio albums, two rarities albums, and one live album later, the band’s lead singer Tyler Spencer talks to Headliner about their upcoming record, and plans to get back out on the road once again this year.
Although the band is originally from Detroit, frontman Spencer has lived in New York City for the best part of two decades. His two daughters, he tells Headliner, have been keeping him busy of late, and when it comes to music, there appears to never be a dull moment.
While the latest Electric Six record is already waiting in the wings, ready for a release at some point later this year, Spencer also recorded two solo albums during the pandemic and spent the majority of his time touring during the second half of 2021.
“For a band like us that’s been going for so long, it was kind of nice to be off the road for a year and a half,” remarks Spencer, “because we’ve never really stopped touring the whole time and the pandemic forced us to actually take a break.
“We started in the ‘90s, and the bands that were on stage around Detroit during that time were all trying to rip off Britpop or shoegaze stuff; that just wasn’t exciting to me – it wasn’t a party. Although I’m not much of a partier in real life, I wanted the band to kind of portray that, and that’s been really easy to maintain. Electric Six is just like your favourite pair of pants; you need to buy new ones, and you need to do something different, but if they still fit, it’s very difficult to throw them away!”