It has been nearly a decade since I first heard the song “Gay Bar” by Electric Six. Since then it is near impossible for me to say the words “gay bar” without enunciating it the way lead singer Dick Valentine does so in the song. I know I’m not alone.
Electric Six played an impromptu day show at Paper Tiger Sunday afternoon and needless to say it was a good time. While the show was low on disco balls and artificial light, the sunny weather provided an ample atmosphere for the bands mixture of garage and dance rock. No matter how you add it up it equals a great rock and roll show. To top it off, it was free.
The band started around 5 PM or so on the outdoor stage. Channeling their near 20 year discography, there was never a dull moment not even for somebody like me who was only really familiar with their two biggest hits. Valentine’s tore through his setlist sardonically introducing each song as “song 1” or “song 2” and so on and so forth. The six piece sounded great and were loud but very tight. On a day that is usually reserved for preparing for the week ahead and brunching, it was a nice change of pace to be treated to a solid rock and roll show on a Sunday Funday.