- 22 Nov 18
Reinvigorated by his move to New Orleans, Jake Shears has conjured up a post-Scissor Sisters solo album that's made us - and him - very happy! It the latest issue of Hot Press, he talked N'awlins, famous video extras and rocking funerals...
The last time I met Jake Shears, in 2005, the then Scissor Sisters lead singer was resplendent in a pair of arseless leather chaps, a '70s-style floral blouse that wouldn't have looked out of place in Hyacinth Bouquet's wardrobe and shoes, I seem to recall, of the faux snakeskin variety. There were multiple costume changes as Jake and his equally flamboyant New York glam pop bandmates sent the whole of Lansdowne Road home sweating.
"The trouble with the Scissor Sisters was that I was never able to express myself," deadpans Shears who's added a luxuriant porn star mustache to a look that if anything has been toned up since going solo and releasing an eponymous album that's been on 'repeat' in Staley Clark Mansions.
"You're bringing back some great memories," he resumes with a smile. "We did two massive outdoor shows in Belfast and Dublin with Franz Ferdinand, none of whose arses were on display but that didn't stop them getting the whole crowd up dancing too. What I loved about Scissor Sisters is that having announced ourselves with a discofied cover of 'Comfortably Numb', people were like, 'Are these guys pop or rock or being really arch and indie?' We were able to flit between all these different musical worlds."