Hercules & Love Affair have always known how to tear the roof off a festival dance tent but their new live set-up takes things to a whole new level. Andy “Hercules” Butler’s longstanding love for a tougher techno sound is more at the forefront than ever. It’s back to basics; four albums in and after working with so many vocalists over the years Butler has made the bold move to turn to the original vocal recordings as a source of material for the live show- utilizing outtakes and reveling in the fact that he has the ability to present a more sonically manipulated show.
“I am not really one to listen to my records once I have made them. After touring with so many singers over the years, I sat and listened to some of the original recordings and found myself struck by how special they actually are- and it excited me to put them forward now 10 years into this journey.”
The show is markedly more experimental and rugged, in no small part due to his now sole live collaborator Alec Storey who records as Second Storey. Known for his equally driving and spacious electro influenced techno on labels like Trust and Houndstooth, Alec injects the funk in the form of broken beats and dexterous live drumming.
On the road performing a vibrant new show, armed with these new sonically explorative presentations of classic Hercules tracks there has never been a greater time to catch Hercules and Love Affair.