Scissor Sisters’ flamboyant frontman Jake Shears has released his first song as a solo artist. Out today, “Creep City” isn’t a big departure from the Sisters sound we’re familiar with, but adds a swampy, Southern feel — likely inspired by his move to New Orleans in 2015.
Shears sent fans an email to notify them of the new track. “I’ve not put out much out the last five years — musically that is — other than a collaboration here or there,” he explained in the note. “There was a moment in time, that I really wasn’t interested in making a solo record. I found the notion a little cheesy. 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.”
In the email, Shears describes “Creep City” as a “pretty theatrical jam, with quite a few twists and turns.” He welcomed fan to join him for shows in New York City and London (Nov 12 and Nov 14 respectively) if they wanted to “hear more.”
Shears also cryptically teased other projects: “My time hasn’t been spent just making music. I’ve also completed another labor of love that I’ll share details on shortly. AND will soon be announcing another way that we can spend a couple hours in a room together in a way that we’ve never done before. It’s the big ol’ slew of stuff.”
Before signing off, Shears told his fans, “The world is upside down right now. In the thick of it, I feel that we still need tunes that make us smile, that make us wanna sing and dance like fools.”