By Out.com Editors
New York City-based dance-rock band Heloise & the Savoir Faire made a big splash at the South by Southwest Music Festival with their debut album,Trash, Rats & Microphones, and have since been busy criss-crossing Europe with their uber-queer, outrageously energetic live show.
On the eve of the band's video "Illusions" premiering on Out.com, we put singer Heloise Williams and dancer/backup singer Joe Shepard on the phone to interview each other -- though circumstances required they actually sit on opposite ends of the same porch.
Here are highlights from their conversation:
Joe Shepard: Hey, Hel, how's it going?
Heloise Williams: Hey, girl, how are you?
JS: I'm good, I'm just drinking a margarita. What are you drinking?
HW: I'm drinking a marg, too. This amazing bartender just made it for me.
JS: Yep, I love making margaritas.
HW: What's it like to be a matron of honor?
JS: It's really quite an honor. Why don't you tell people where we are right now?
HW: We're in Greenvile, Vermont, preparing for my nuptials.
JS: You're getting married?
HW: That's what that means, yeah.
JS: And who are you getting married to?
HW: James Jeffrey Belizzia. He's the guitar player in this really hot new band called Somebody or Other and the Savoir Faire. Hercules and the Savoir Faire?
JS: Yeah, that.
HW: We just got back from London. Did you have a great time?
JS: I did. My favorite part was when I met that hot lawyer. I don't usually meet rich men.
HW: We have poor taste in men. Like literally -- financially.
JS: They're all musicians.
HW: It's horrible.
JS: And you're marrying one now!
HW: I know, we're both going to be destitute, but it's okay cause we'll have each other.
JS: My dream was that you would be the first one to marry rich.
HW: Sara [Sweet Rabidoux], the other dancer, is going to marry rich.
JS: Yeah, so then one of us can be the maid and one the poolboy. Heloise, we met in Burlington, Vermont, about an hour from here.
HW: You taught me ballet.
JS: And I always loved the fact that you were a singer. That's why I had a big hard-on for you. And you had a big hard-on for dance.
HW: No, for your fashion. And for your dancing. And your hot body. And you're a redhead.
JS: I do have ginger balls, it's true.
[There's a scuffling noise in the background.]
HW: Wait, can Charlie --
JS: There's a dog here named Charlie that's a homosexual dog.
HW: Joe was here one Christmas and they almost --
JS: I got really drunk off bourbon, and I think I humped the dog.
HW: And the dog humped you back, and the whole family was like �...Okay.�
JS: He's like a 17-year-old boy who just came out of the closet, following me around.
HW: And they're both redheads, it's really cute.
JS: Anyway, and then we moved to New York.
HW: I lured you with promises of fame and fortune.
JS: And have I seen any of that yet?
JS: Well, fame.
HW: You haven't even seen a haypenny.
JS: But I do get invited to your parties, which is fun.
HW: What are you talking about, my parties?
JS: Your wedding! In hopes that there will be a sexy farm boy.
HW: Or one of the catering staff will be hot. I see you're wearing a Styx t-shirt. Are you a big -- wait, that's actually my Styx t-shirt.
JS: I stole it from you.
HW: Are you a big Styx fan?
JS: No, I just like this because it has a robot on the t-shirt.
HW: I hear you're making your own video.
JS: I did, it's called �Je m'appelle Steve!� It's about a French mime that had to break the silence of the circle of mime violence, and all he knows how to say is, �Hello, my name is Steve, how are you, how are you, how are you, I'm okay.� My friend collects absinthe, so I spent three days tasting all these bottles. It was an absinthe-induced pre-show coma.
HW: He didn't remember singing the song. We had to show him the video.
JS: Heloise, what's your favorite comic strip?
HW: It would be Cathy and Garfield. I wish they could combine the two together.
JS: I wish they could have a baby.
HW: It would be a little lumpy. Joe, I heard that you got a new tattoo.
JS: My friend Arryan tattooed a pink flamingo surrounded by tropical flowers on my butt. So if anyone wants to see this, they should come to the show. I will gladly show them.