Concert Review: Hercules and Love Affair


“Kansas City — everybody should be dancing!” DJ Andy Butler shouted as galloping bass lines and hand claps introduced his disco-infused dance music project Hercules and Love Affair to the Record Bar last Friday night.

Although unaccompanied by the project’s multiple collaborators — vocalists Nomi, Kim Ann or Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) — Butler’s celebratory beats kept arms in the air and hips turning. 

Adhering to the standard for dance concerts, the bass was loud. “Does the women’s bathroom vibrate like it’s getting bombed?” I was asked, along with: “I can feel my jeans vibrate.” But the pounding bass seemed to induce the party atmosphere more than deafen it. People got up next to tables to dance before even reaching the dance floor, overwhelmed by the satisfying throng of continually swelled vibrations.

Hercules and Love Affair is sexy. It just is.

Categories: Music