Electric Six has done it again. For the eighth time in nine years, we are releasing a full-length record. This year's record is called "Heartbeats and Brainwaves" and it will be released this fall by Metropolis Records in North America and Too Many Robots in the UK and Europe.
"Heartbeats and Brainwaves" marks a turning point in Electric Six's self-imposed continuum. We have often said that 90% of our songs are about nothing. On "Heartbeats and Brainwaves", 100% of the songs are about something or someone. Electric Six is finally taking a stand. Electric Six will no longer sit idly by and say nothing. We are saying something here. Finally.
You need to come see us on our "Hello, Destructor!" tour this spring. We will be selling copies of "Heartbeats and Brainwaves" not just to make money for ourselves, but so we can finally tell you how we really feel. The tour dates are listed on this site. Look and see which one is best for you.
This album is our finest hour. It is less than an hour long, but it is fine.
Now we are finished with that, we turn our attention to mall bitches. They are everywhere. They are at the Oakland Mall right now. They exist only to cause problems, to create fundamentalist chaos. A young girl is abducted by monks and goes through a candlelight ceremony known as "The Bitchening" where she is transformed by radical priestess and fundamentalist clerics into a mall bitch. She then spends the rest of the summer at the mall hating....constantly hating. Why does she hate like that?? Answer...she's a bitch now. She has gone through a radical transformation known as "The Bitchening" with robes, chanting monks, metal slab, skull, bottomless pit and ambient lighting. She will spend the entire summer at the mall....bitching. Daddy's little girl is gone forever. She is now and forever...a bitch. And she will grow up to be a radical fundamentalist bitchwoman, taking men's jobs, emasculating society from the outside in. The mall...is their hive.
This is where you come in.
It's really easy to play it safe and jump on board the latest trend, imitating the exact style and sound of everyone's favorite band of the week. It's really easy to play into the hands of a specific demographic, knowing without a doubt in your mind that kids will eat up every hook and pile on for every sing-a-long. But how many times can we walk down the same old roads? At some point, we need to break from this monotony and make our own roads. We need to create something for ourselves that is more than just a quick, cheap, and easy sell. Something that has many layers to dissect, discover, and enjoy. This is what Aficionado has set out to do.
Drawing influence from an array of bands ranging from At the Drive-In, to Cursive, to the Hold Steady, Aficionado has a developed a unique style they are happy to call their own. With roots in punk music, the band mixes organ, flute, and occasional horn arrangements into it's unorthodox blend of post-punk.
Just 10 short months ago, Christy Hunt wanted to call it quits.
Hunt had just wrapped up two solid years on the road playing guitar in the Von Bondies and found herself back home in the dead of winter feeling directionless. "I'm really thinking of hanging up my rock and roll shoes," she wrote on her Facebook page.
Longtime friend Arzu Gokcen, a fierce guitarist in her own right, couldn't believe what she was reading. "I won't let you," she replied. "I will lock you in a room with your guitar and not let you out."
Though neither woman is a stranger to the stage (Gokcen has been featured in the Picked to Click issue at least three times and played in several Twin Cities bands, including the Selby Tigers, Lefty Lucy, and most recently Strut and Shock, while Hunt has flexed her songwriting muscles in Ouija Radio), they suddenly found themselves back at square one, parlaying their Facebook exchange into a real-life jam session.
"It was like re-introducing myself to a person I've already known," says Hunt. "And that moment that you play with somebody in a basement happened all over again: I'm really nervous, I don't know how to approach this, what do you got?" It didn't take long for the nerves to wear off, though. "Within our first practice we had two songs," she adds.
And just like that, Gokcen and Hunt were in a band again. By May, the pair had fleshed out their band with Hunt's husband and Ouija Radio bandmate Charles Gehr on drums and renowned recording engineer Jacques Wait on bass guitar. With almost no time elapsing between conceptualization and execution, Pink Mink started gigging feverishly and winning over audiences with their dynamic stage presence, howling guitar solos, and terse, poppy songwriting. Though their guitar playing hearkens back to pioneering riot grrl bands like Babes in Toyland and Bikini Kill, the melodies are joyous and the lyrics nostalgic, paying homage to Twin Cities mainstays with songs like "Hidden Beach" and "Seeking Scott Seekins."
"I'm proud, because Pink Mink is so Minneapolis," says Hunt. "In this band I decided, let's make this fun and write what we know. There's so many things about this town that I can't wait to exploit in a really fun way."
"And use," cracks Wait. "I can't wait to exploit and use!"
"We've all been around the block so many times that it's extremely professional," Gehr says. "When you get into a band like that, that's the band that has staying power. That's the band that can do really cool things." A seasoned vet himself, Gehr grew up drumming for hardcore bands on the East Coast and playing with bands like the Seawhores and Marijuana Deathsquads here in the Cities.
Though the band is still months from being able to offer a finished album to their fans, Pink Mink is ready to bring rock 'n' roll to every corner of the local scene.
"I'm so happy to be playing rock, doing a rock show and doing leg kicks like Arzu and just, like, rocking out," Hunt says, beaming.
"It's all I know, man," Gokcen says, shaking her head. "It's all I know. Leg kicks."
"We are gonna leg-kick it all around the world," Hunt exclaims. "And we're gonna go 'Minneapolis!' Leg kick!"
Wait nods his head in agreement. "We're kicking legs and taking names."
This article was originally published in 'City Pages' magazine when Pink Mink topped their annual 'Picked to Click' poll
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