Scissor Sisters Discuss ‘Magic Hour’, Twitter & Pharrell Collaboration

Pop group Scissor Sisters

Jake Shears and guitarist Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters sat down with TVN, where they discussed their new album ‘Magic Hour’, collaborating with Pharrell Williams, how they’ve changed since releasing their debut album in 2004, Jake preferring Twitter to Facebook and their personal memories of pop legends who recently died, Donna Summer and Robert Gibb from Bee Gees.

On the new album, Jake said:

‘Magic Hour’ is all over the place. It’s a really fun kind of weird, sometimes conventional, sometimes traditional, sometimes totally bizarre all over the place kind of board game kind of album. It really is from one song to the next a completely different (experience). It just takes you on this journey that you never really know what kind of song you’re going to end up with next… It almost sounds like a collection of singles or something rather than a cohesive album.

On ‘Magic Hour’ collaborations, Jake said:

There were all sorts of combinations of people in the studio. I usually felt we closed the studio down in a lot of ways when we’re writing. I don’t like a lot of people to be around when we’re writing music, but this record it seemed like there were a lot of people around. We made it really fast and there were constantly people coming in and out of the studio. Our friend Amanda Ghost, who executive produced the album, she was always such a crazy woman and doing ten things at once that she’s in and out all the time, and bringing people in and out all the time, so I had to get really used to writing songs suddenly with people around.

On how things have changed since their 2004 debut album, Jake said:

Our lives changed when we put out our first record and just started going. It just seems like it’s been almost eight years since that album came out, and it’s felt pretty steady. I think if any of us has changed, it’s probably been for the better. I feel like we’re a little bit more laid back. I’m a little less wound up than I used to be. I used to be a lot more high strung. Now I don’t care as much about certain things.

On social media, Jake said:

I love Twitter. I’ve been on Twitter for a couple of years now and it’s a blast. I use it every day. I think it’s an awesome way to be able to connect with fans. It’s really nice because you can respond… I can’t use Facebook because my brain can’t get around it. I find it really difficult and it’s it just seems like email and you have to respond to everybody. With Twitter you just respond to people but you only have this much (to type). So you can just say hey to somebody and make someone’s day by wishing them a happy birthday in one moment, and I love that. You can post pictures of yourself in your underwear and people get really happy.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Scissor Sisters Discuss Elton John And Being Labeled “Gay Music”

Pop group Scissor Sisters

fab magazine spoke with Jake Shears and Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters about being openly gay, Elton John, and taking their clothes off… or not.

On how their music being labeled as “gay” impacts how it’s received:

Jake: I think we’ve embraced it now more than ever I think
Del: As long as people find a way in through the music and find out about us as performers or people. Some people gravitate towards us because of exactly how open and honest we’ve always been. If the UK adopted us in a way was because we were extroverts or we kind of wore our personalities as superheroes on stage… Since our first album has come out, there’s so many different indie bands and rock bands and pop stars that have come out, that’s not necessarily related linked to their identity or what they do on stage, but it’s just weird that it still sticks to us when there’s Vampire Weekend, Gossip, Ricky Martin and whoever. It’s like, the pop world is littered with homosexuals and it has always been. We’re just unashamed of it.

On working with Elton John, Jake said:

He’s just like family. He’s family at this point. He had us open some shows for him in England really early on and was a really big fan of the first album. We have a really, really strong relationship and a major bond.

Scissor Sisters Release Fourth Album ‘Magic Hour’

Scissor Sisters 'Magic Hour' album cover

Scissor Sisters just released their fourth studio album ‘Magic Hour’ on Casablanca Records. The album was described by frontman Jake Shears as “a sweet joyful mélange of beat-driven future-pop. It style-hops all over the place unabashedly.” Collaborators on the project, the follow-up to their 2010 effort ‘Night Work’, included Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Alex Ridha and Azealia Banks.

‘Magic Hour’ Track List:
1. “Baby Come Home”
2. “Keep Your Shoes On”
3. “Inevitable”
4. “Only the Horses”
5. “Year of Living Dangerously”
6. “Let’s Have a Kiki”
7. “Shady Love”
8. “San Luis Obispo”
9. “Self Control”
10. “Best in Me”
11. “The Secret Life of Letters”
12. “Somewhere”

Scissor Sisters ‘Only The Horses’ Video

Scissor Sisters 'Only The Horses'

Scissor Sisters are out with the music video to their new single ‘Only The Horses’, off the New York City band’s fourth studio album ‘Magic Hour’, out May 29th via Universal Records. Scissor Sisters worked with producers Calvin Harris and Alex Ridha on the track. Watch the Hiro Murai and Lorenzo Fonda directed video via YouTube below.

Scissor Sisters Join Lady Gaga On Tour

Scissor Sisters will join Lady Gaga on the early run of her Monster Ball World Tour. The band will open on a total
of 24 dates, beginning on February 19th at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall and including shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Arena, Los Angeles’ Staples Center and Honda Center in Anaheim. While on the road with Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters will also play a series of headlining dates. They will be giving away tickets to both their headline and support shows via their Twitter (@ScissorSisters).

Tour Dates:
2/19 – Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
2/21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
2/22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
2/24 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
2/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
2/27 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music *
2/28 – Chicago, IL – United Center
3/1 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
3/3 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
3/4 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
3/6 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
3/7 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
3/8 – Boston, MA TD – Banknorth Garden
3/10 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
3/11 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note *
3/12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
3/14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
3/15 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
3/16 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
3/17 – Omaha, NE – Qwest Center Omaha
3/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena
3/20 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre *
3/22 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
3/23 – Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
3/25 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
3/26 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
3/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
3/29 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena/San Diego State Univ.
3/31 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
4/3 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Bar-B-Q *
4/4 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *
4/5 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues *
4/7 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live *
4/8 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle*

Scissor Sisters Cancel European Tour Over Funding Issues

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters announced on their official web site on Monday (October 25) they have been forced to cancel their upcoming shows on mainland Europe, blaming it on funding issues. The band stated:

We’re saddened to discover that we are unable to play our scheduled tour dates through Europe. We’re genuinely sorry about this frustrating situation. We’ll try to make it up to you and return to these beautiful cities soon.

Refunds are available from the point of purchase for all nine of the canceled shows, which were due to take place between October 29th and November 14th. All other upcoming Scissor Sisters dates, including December’s UK arena tour, remain unaffected.

Scissor Sisters Live At Google’s London HQ

Scissor Sisters in London

Scissor Sisters did a live session at Google’s London headquarters recently. Watch Jake Shears and company performing ‘Fire With Fire’, ‘Laura’, ‘Any Which Way’, ‘Whole New Way’, ‘Lights’ and ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ via YouTube below.

Jake Shears Signs Autographs In Hollywood

Scissor Sisters co-vocalist Jake Shears signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans outside the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday (September 7), where the New York City pop band performed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’.

Hollywood.tv footage at YouTube has since been removed.

Scissor Sisters To Join Lady Gaga’s 2011 North American Tour

Scissor Sisters Jake Shears

Scissor Sisters will be joining Lady Gaga for several dates on her upcoming North American Tour. Details on the early 2011 outing will be announced later this month. “We Scissor Sisters are thrilled to be a part of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour 2011,” the band said. “It’s a perfect opportunity to join forces with a such a kindred spirit.”

Katy Perry Witnesses Jake Shears And Adam Lambert’s Make-Out Session

Katy Perry Scissor Sisters News

Scissor Sisters News host Lester Zizmore has the latest news on the band, including an update on the American leg of the band’s tour and footage of frontman Jake Shears making out with ‘American Idol’ alum Adam Lambert backstage after their New York City gig, captured on video by Katy Perry. Despite the video evidence, Lambert was quick to deny any kissing and any sex acts. Watch it via YouTube below.

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