Electric NHIC evolved from the high energy avant-funk of Mayhem Circus Electric, a signature grouping of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. MCE's well-received CD, Lubricity, was praised by the New Haven Advocate for its tight post funk grooves and called fun and relentlessly heavy creative jazz by Cadence magazine. Gapplegate Music compared it to Electric Miles Davis with the jagged angularity of classic Captain Beefheart and an obvious sense of fun. In support of Lubricity, MCE took the music to rock clubs like Toads Place, and festivals around New England in addition to top jazz and new music venues like Firehouse12 and the Buttonwood Tree. The group's members come from various creative backgrounds and the music's focus naturally expanded beyond the initial high energy stomp. New tunes crept in as the group took a broader view incorporating electronica, progressive rock, moody modal melody and laid back electric jazz. The Circus and the Mayhem became only part of the story, so the band adopted the name Electric NHIC....
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