Not since Fischerspooner have I seen a band that is as deliciously fun as Scissor Sisters. Their catchy '80s inspired sound has a crunchy edge that captures rock venues and dancefloors with equal intensity. Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Babydaddy, Del Marquis and Paddy Boom are quickly starting to make a name for themselves by challenging every expectation.
Last week week, their self-titled debut record hit the number one spot in the British album chart. The record will formally be released in the US on July 27th. However, a digital version is already available at Apple's iTunes (music link).
The Sisters' handlers are now carefully plotting the group's introduction in the US. Out Magazine has been chosen as a primary vehicle to launch the band. I was granted an interview with singer Jake Shears, which is under embargo until Out Magazine appears on August 15th.
Scissor Sisters counts three gay members, including singer Jake Shears. He does not like to be compared to some of the '80s gay bands that paved the way for their success. "It's irritating when we start getting compared to the Village People or Frankie Goes to Hollywood," he says in the July issue of Paper Magazine. "We're not closeted but the girls don't seem to care. I'll be up on stage and looking down at the front row, and they'll be literally drooling."
Their debut album is a memorable mix of hooky guitar riffs, fierce electro sleaze and plenty of decadence. The record includes their infamous version of Pink Floyd's rock classic "Comfortably Numb" which gracefully transforms into the first single "Take Your Mama," a full-blown club anthem with Bee Gees-styled vocals. "Return to Oz" handles about the serious issue of party drugs in the gay community and shows listeners a serious side of the Sisters.
The group also announced a full-scale US tour this summer. Click on the "Continue Reading" link for a full list of (unconfirmed) tour dates and cities.
Scissor Sisters Tour Dates (unconfirmed):
7/21/04 Vancouver, BC @ Richards
7/22/04 Seattle, WA @ Nuemos
7/23/04 Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
7/24/04 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
7/27/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
7/28/04 San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
7/29/04 Boston, MA @ Pavilion
7/31/04 New York, NY @ PS1
9/7/04 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
9/9/04 Boston, MA @ TT's
9/12/04 Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club
9/14/04 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
9/15/04 Chicago, IL @ Metro
9/16/04 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
9/21/04 Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
9/23/04 Vancouver, BC @ Richards
9/24/04 Seattle, WA @ Neumoa
9/25/04 Portland, OR @ Douglas Fir
9/29/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
9/30/04 San Diego, CA @ SOMA