Elec­tric six

How Dare You?

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - everett true

Like the 80s, 90s and be­yond never hap­pened.

The ti­tle isn’t up to the heights of I Shall Ex­ter­mi­nate Ev­ery­thing Around Me That Re­stricts Me From Be­ing The Mas­ter (2007) or Señor Smoke (2005). No mat­ter. There is also noth­ing here the equal of the li­bido-de­stroy­ing Dan­ger! High Volt­age or with the out­ra­geous swag­ger of Gay Bar. No mat­ter. Very lit­tle is.

What you get in­stead on this post-fu­tur­ist Detroit rock band’s thir­teenth al­bum is plenty of trash, plenty of hu­mour, plenty of tight-but­toned high lead vo­cals, plenty of throw­backs to the days of the 70s when pen­cil mous­taches mostly be­longed to Sparks’ Ron Meal. Blink, and much of How Dare You? could be a tem­plate for fu­ture Franz Fer­di­nand di­rec­tions; less of the arch and more of the birch. There is plenty of adrenalin and neat asides, and lov­ingly crafted ti­tles such as for the disco-fied Sex With Some­body and squelchy The Loveli­est Man In Town.

It’s all quite mar­vel­lous, teem­ing with flash, trash, hid­den trea­sure and se­cret plea­sure, the way you know your momma would have wanted it. Flip­pant and ma­cho – a dev­as­tat­ing com­bi­na­tion.

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