Nothing anticipates the Austin Summer nights greater than hundreds of young, attractive people dancing as one conscious body– swaying, tipsy in the warmth of the Texas humidity, among the setting sun, beneath the purple lights at the Stubb’s outdoor venue. DJ Sammy Jo introduced the wild, dance-party setting with electronic, dance-pop-music, warming up the crowd and building up the energy. Then, from a blue haze, emerged Scissor Sisters.
Wearing provocative and snug patent leather outfits, the stage-divas immediately dived into the energetic track, “Night Work”, from their latest album, and then followed with “Any Which Way”. The hot, porcelain-doll, Ana Matronic’s vulgar mouth was on a roll, dedicating a track to Mother Nature for the warmth and briefly comparing Stubb’s BBQ to Beanbender’s Beer Garden, a restaurant from one of her favorite books as a child, The Snarkout Boys and The Avacado of Death. Before finishing up her thoughts from her “deeply diseased brain matter”, Matronic casually stated, “I want all the virgins to know that we are going to pop all your cherries tonight, but we are going to respect you in the morning.”
Scissor Sisters then continued the night of shameless laughter, screaming, and dancing with “Harder You Get”, “Kiss You Off” and an unforgettable and sexy performance of “Fire With Fire”. Slowing things down with the appalling, yet hypnotizing seductive “Skin This Cat”, from their latest album, Night Work, Matronic and her back-up-dancer-look-alikes hauntingly seduced the audience like sirens, with their sultry voices and burlesque-like demeanor. Their performance ranged from all three of their albums. They included “Laura”, “Take Your Momma”, and “Tits On The Radio” from their first album, Scissor Sisters. Dedicating “Take Your Momma”, to everybody’s momma.
Scissor Sisters proved their audience orientation after dedicating most of their tracks to a birthday girl, mommas, mother nature, the audience, and of course, the preservation of ‘the now’. Trying to get every single person in the audience to be in the now, Scissor Sisters introduced their experiment, asked for everyone to put away their digital devices; cameras, phones, camera-phones; no tweeting, no facebooking, no texting,– because “we get so caught up in preserving the moment, that we actually forget to be in it. We come to connect with humans, that is why we’re here!”
Continuing the massive dance party, Scissor Sisters performed, in synchronized dance moves , “Electrobix” ended on an energetic and strong note. Until, however, the entire band walked moved off stage for ten minutes, confusing the audience on whether they left the stage for good, and were begged for an encore.
Returning in different wardrobe, the band came back and performed a slower, but equally empowering track, “Sex and Violence”, from their latest album. After thanking the audience and describing their tour with Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters wrapped up the evening with two crowd favorites, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” and their dark, dance-single, “Invisible Light”.
The evening was filled with provocative dancing, erotic lyrics, sexy sweating, dirty conversation, shamelessness and the continuous momentum of energy that was spawned by DJ Sammy Jo and carried by Scissor Sisters for over two hours. Scissor Sisters satisfied that pang for Summer like no other.
(Scissor Sisters performed at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on April 3, 2011)