Lock the doors, lower the blinds and fire up the smoke machine.
Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, members of the legendary dance-pop group, Scissor Sisters, have returned to the studio and released two new solo tracks—their first since the band’s hiatus in 2012.
Shears has kept busy in the music scene for the past five years. He collaborated with Kylie Minogue and the Australian band NERVO for the 2015 jam “The Other Boys” and even sang on Cher’s last studio album, Closer to the Truth. His new Southern rock song, “Creep City,” is his first as a solo artist—and he even teased a future solo album could be in the works.
“There was a moment in time, that I really wasn’t interested in making a solo record. I found the notion a little cheesy,” he wrote in an email to fans. “But I was talking with a friend one day and he said: ’There’s no issue with you making a solo record– as long as it’s fantastic.’ I took that to heart.”
Miss Matronic released a solo song the same week, titled “Afterlife of the Party,” a tribute to her friends who she lost to AIDS.
“This song is about some of the greatest love and loss I’ve ever experienced. It’s about my friends that made an indelible mark on me and who left this world too soon,” she told Billboard. “It’s about memories of those quiet moments at the end of the night, when the sun is coming up and bed is calling, but you’re not quite ready to leave the great company and moment you’re in.”
“It’s about looking at somebody in the strobe light, dancing with a smile on their face, and thinking, ’I’m so lucky to have found you.'”
Both songs might have a darker vibe to them, but the Scissor Sisters still know how to party. This past June they released a new song, “Swerlk,” in collaboration with MNDR. Proceeds for the single were donated to the Contigo Fund, a non profit organization for LGBTQ individuals, established after the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
If you miss seeing Shears in the flesh he will be performing solo shows in Brooklyn and London this month. Hopefully more music will follow soon, including a Scissor Sisters reunion record?