Are the Scissor Sisters the best band in the world? U2's Bono has called them "the best pop group in the world" – a ringing endorsement from one of the most respected musicians the globe over.
If you've witnessed even a moment of their live performances, a Scissor Sisters show is both flamboyant and wholly unforgettable.
On the heels of their incredible fourth album, the Scissor Sisters are riding a wave of fabulous feedback and renewed energy. "Magic Hour took everyone by surprise," says Ana Matronic, the band's lone female component. "The album came together in a matter of weeks."
In Matronic's opinion, lead singer and primary songwriter Jake Shears has "a clear sense of what he wanted to say. Jake's confidence as a song writer has grown." She continues, "And we have a better idea of who we are to our audience."
Shears describes Magic Hour as a "sweet, joyful mélange of beat-driven future-pop." And if that doesn't pique your interest, consider Matronic's ethereal take on songwriting.
"Songwriting is like catching butterflies in a net," she says, "Magic Hour was an orgiastic migration of thousands and thousands of butterflies." That may sound like a hyperbolic way to describe an album, but the flow of Magic Hour is much different than other Scissor Sisters' albums.
"We don't like making the same record over and over," Matronic says. "We have some R&B and hip-hop on this record. It's really different from Night Work. That was almost a concept album – it was a singular world, and so was Ta-Dah. This one is a bit more of a grab-bag of music – it's closest to our first record in terms of variety – and that board-game aspect where you're not quite sure where you're going to land next. It's got tracks like 'San Luis Obispo' next to 'Shady Love,' which are so different, but I love those weird juxtapositions, and albums where the songs speak to each other. But there wasn't any real concept this time, which is why I had a really hard time naming it."
Thousands of butterflies? Board-games? Who describes music this way? The same person that compares Scissor Sisters' live show to a truly unique and special occasion. "We try to make the show feel like the best party you've ever been to," she says.
A lot of the energy that is exhibited in their live set is drawn from the audience. "The crowds feed us to exhaustion or explosion," Matronic explains. "Either way, it is a joyous, fun occasion."
Given those parameters, you know the Scissor Sisters are bound to have fond memories of the Motor City. "I remember playing a show at the Garden Bowl," she reminisces. "It was during the first tour. Detroit is becoming even more vital and interesting. The city has a real sense of abandon and knows how to have a balls-out good time."
Undoubtedly, when they roll through Royal Oak, we'll show them an equally memorable night.
Scissor Sisters • 6/27, 8 p.m. • Royal Oak Music Theatre • 318 W. 4th Street Royal Oak • 248.399.2980 • royaloakmusictheatre.com • $29