Interview: Electric Six

Electric Six is a band that should need no introduction. Over the past two decades, they’ve earned a reputation for being one of the most unique bands within the rock and roll scene. Now they’re back, with a brand new album, Turquoise. The band will also be performing at The Crescent in York on November 28th. Find out a little more by reading our chat with Dick Valentine below…

By Jane Howkins

You have a new album coming out soon called Turquoise. What can you tell us about the record? 

Turquoise is our first original record in five years. We used to put out one album a year for 666 years, but those days are behind us now. We take our time now because we no longer worry about being hung out to dry by a vicious and corrupt industry that we are not part of. You can’t stop us!

Why did you choose to call the album Turquoise? When will it be released? 

There is a song called Turquoise on the record. The song is about how we really should start wearing more turquoise for protection. Collectively. The record is out now, son.

You’ve also just released a new single from the record titled Take Me To The Sugar. What can you tell us about the track?  

Take Me To The Sugar is a bouncy, poppy, peppy feel-good summer anthem set in Los Angeles where all the players get played and the entertainment industry is there for the taking. You just have to be stone cold enough to take it, player.

Do you have any more singles planned for release anytime soon? 

We will be releasing the next single, Staten Island Ass Squad, as soon as my ass heals up a bit from the last visit there. Give it 4-6 weeks.

You’re commonly described as a disco-punk band. What/who are you main influences? What have you been listening to recently? 

I don’t listen to music no more, it’s too painful to do so. Our influences are too vast to list in the moment but man, you have to give it up for Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and Victor! Victor!

As a band, you’ve been in the music industry for several decades now. What is the secret to your success? 

Grease those skids. Include everyone, exclude no one. Kill ’em with kindness. Money talks, but bullshit can also do some talking. Prayer. Seance.

You have a new tour coming up, celebrating the 20th anniversary of your debut album Fire. Did you ever think you’d get this far when you first started out? 


Has the writing and recording process changed for you much over the years? 

Yes, it depends on mood, confidence, access to equipment and money.

Are you doing anything special for these gigs? What can fans expect from an Electric Six gig? 

You gonna see us on stage being real.

Any last words for the fans?