The Scissor Sisters are still hard at work on the follow-up to 2006's Ta-Dah, the band's mastermind, Jake Shears, reveals to Pop Justice (via Stereogum). For the first time in nearly a year, Shears has offered an update on the progress of the LP, which is being helmed by Stuart Price, who has worked with Madonna (on Confessions on a Dance Floor) and the Killers (on their most recent disc, Day & Age). Shears says the new album will be in stores in March, and it's chock full of dance tracks that "actually makes me want to cry."
According to Shears, Price's chief influence has been in helping the Sisters figure out something basic: the album's sound. It was something Shears had struggled with. "I had a moment. I was at a sex party in Mannheim, I was on the dance floor," Shears explains. "It was six o'clock in the morning. I was wearing a little rubber wrestling singlet. I was having a great time. It was disgusting... The most vile place I've ever been. And I was dancing, and the DJs put on 'Walk The Night' by the Skatt Brothers. It's one of my favorites. It was one of those revelatory moments for me when I realized what I wanted the album to sound like and how I wanted it to make me feel."
Shears says the record is now nearly complete, but cutting all the material down to 10 or 11 tracks has been hard because he keeps writing. But in the end, there will be "no weaklings on the record. I feel like it's hard because with our last record, it didn't really feel like it was finished. And I eventually bent to the pressure of putting it out when I wasn't entirely happy with it."
He insists this next record, which may be out early next year, will contain songs "that are instantly going to make people have to reconsider who they think we are." Shears says the album has "more in common with" the band's earliest material — a sound the band stepped away from once they outgrew their downtown New York roots — but that it also "does sound pretty grown up." Shears also describes the album as "sexualized" and "sleazy," and thinks the first single, an "epic song that makes you feel really good and has a great feeling to it," is a powerhouse.
"It's a very personal song," he says, "about feeling like you're sinking into a hole. It's a song about climbing out of that hole. And being confident and knowing that you can go forth with all your guns blazing. It's a very elevating song. It'll give you goosebumps."
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