“I am a junkie and I am addicted to the spotlight,” says Ana Matronic down the line from New York. The previous night, the Bowery Ballroom of Lower Manhattan played witness to some majorly flashy choreography to songs like ‘Let’s Have a Kiki’ from new album Magic Hour. “It was my first time ever wearing a headset mic on stage."
Since breaking into the public psyche just under a decade ago with hits like ‘Take Your Mama’, the band have journeyed the globe and produced three more albums. “Magic Hour took us all by surprise”, says Matronic, who provides vocals alongside the very glam Jake Shears. “It’s the fastest record we’ve ever made.”
Which shows somewhat in the high-camp lyrics. “Shimmy shimmy coco puff, I can’t seem to get enough, come over here and let me touch your stuff” being but one example. “It’s all from Jake’s thick and twisted little brain matter,” laughs Matronic. “He’s one of the most in-depth writers of nonsense since Dr Seuss.”
First single ‘Only the Horses’, was produced by Scottish hit-maker, Calvin Harris. “It’s really interesting how dance music has influenced music in the States,” says Matronic. “My neighbourhood of Brooklyn is dominated by West Indians and Africans. You hear hip-hop reggae and reggaeton all the time, and it has slowly gotten more and more ravey in the past few years”.
It’s hard to imagine the Scissor Sisters without their sassy lady, but it was by sheer chance that Matronic joined the group a decade ago. She was hosting a weekly show at a New York drag club when she met Shears on Halloween. "It was love at first sight – how was I going to know that saying yes to being in this silly little threesome was going to take me around the world?”
It’s meant more than travel for Matronic –she has even inspired a new orientation: Anasexuality. “That is a very strange phenomenon,” she says. “It’s people who don’t usually find themselves attracted to women, but are attracted to me. Yay! I have my own form of sexuality.”