Gig Review by David Holyhead with Photography by Jonathan Morgan

Electric Six

It would be awesome if we could dance! With Dick Valentine and Electric Six this is a nailed on dead cert if ever I’ve seen one. For me one of the most fun and underrated bands of the last ten years strutted into the Academy 2 stage in Birmingham. Some improper dancing is about to occur.

Only the Good

Only the Good

First support where local punk band Only the Good. Straight up punk tunes with a touch of Iron Maiden style guitar work these guys appeared to be influenced by some gods of the rock n roll genre. Old and new fused to create a sound which appeared to go down well.

Andy D

Andy D

They were followed by a support act that not only surprised the venue but took it by storm. Step up Andy D and his sidekick Victoria. Funky Disco style beats, a comedy rap style that took me back to the 80’s and ludicrous dance moves all work in sealing this impressive act. Overweight shirtless, humping and grinding his way around the stage this was music and comedy gold. Check this guy out; it’s a sight to behold. Kind of.

Electric Six

From the first notes played by Electric Six to the last, I was never fully aware of where I was at. Was I at a rock gig or been teleported back to the 1970’s discos? A mix of fans either jumping around in traditional gig fashion or imitating a dance off with Travolta, to look around the venue was a strange and pleasing sight.

Electric Six

Valentines interaction with the crowd was first class. He even tried to suggest that the band were from nearby Aldridge in Walsall and used to play at Morrison’s.

Electric Six

Electric Six treated the O2 to songs such as, Karate Lips, Naked Pictures of Your Mother and New Shampoo, before causing a mini riot launching into Gay Bar. The musical journey of the bands ten albums was clear, with a well covered set highlighting the different sounds of the band overtime.

Electric Six

Electric Six

Andy D and Victoria joined the band for It Gets Hot. It’s Horseshit raised a few smiles around the venue followed by an assault on the ears with Improper Dancing, Danger Danger and Adam Levine.

Electric Six

Overall this was a first class performance by Valentine and his merry men. They appear to sound better live than they ever did. Long may they continue.

Electric Six

The band appeared for the inevitable encore exploding into Dance Commander. Do I want to be a dance commander? If Electric Six are supplying the sounds, I sure do. High Voltage stuff.

Electric Six

One Response to “Electric Six + Andy D + Only the Good at The O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK – 3rd December 2014”

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