Catching Up With Andy Butler and Kim Ann Foxman
By Dan Martin
Andy Butler, the leader of New York house collective Hercules and Love Affair, is surveying his petite bandmate, Kim Ann Foxman, from across the room of their London crash pad. 'The thing that's interesting about Kim Ann,' he says, 'is that of all of us, she's the one that boys, girls, all of us want to have sex with. She's the most universally appealing.'
'I have to accept it,' says the singer, shrugging coquettishly. 'It's a nice compliment.'
'I don't mean it in a pervy way,' Butler replies. 'People just find her very beautiful, and they're willing to express it.'
When it's suggested that Hercules may be the gayest band currently on the circuit, Bulter's immediate response is, 'Yes, I think we are.' Then he reconsiders: 'But I think what's interesting is that we're actually not. We're the most gay, lesbian, transgender, multicultural band probably, rather than just being the 'gayest' band. In some ways, I'd just say we're the most authentic band out there. You can't box us into one thing or another.'
Indeed, the muscular, redheaded DJ-producer is every inch a flamer, but he's also the group's butch figurehead. Foxman, half-Filipino and raised in Honolulu, escaped the beauty pageant world her mother tried nudging her into, embraced her own sexuality, and moved to San Francisco to work in a leather bar. The statuesque, androgynous singer Shaun Wright defies any notion of gender or sexuality imaginable. Token hetero, Mark Pistel, identifies culturally as gay anyway, and recent collaborators have included Antony Hegarty (who provided vocals to Hercules' sublime breakthrough track, 'Blind') and Bloc Party front man Kele Okereke, London's eminent out indie-guitar-group singer.