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Hercules & Love Affair Talks Polar Bears, Obama and the YBCA Artists Ball

Critically acclaimed beatmaker revolutionaries Hercules & Love Affair, who’ve been heralded as  “a compelling new voice in American dance music,” are set to play this Friday at the YBCA Artists Ball.  We caught up with the now local Hercules lead Andy Butler, who shared his thoughts on Obama, costumes and San Francisco.  

What brought you out West?
My boyfriend is in grad school out here, but I’ve always had a love affair with San Francisco. There was a lot of music coming out of this city in the early to mid-‘90s that I was a fan of. There’s also a spirit here—a really cool, colorful vibe—that I love.

The party’s theme is “politics with a twist.”  What kind of outfit can we expect from you?
I think it’s a fun and very appropriate theme for the time. I’ll probably put something great together last-minute. We’re going to have a band meeting when everyone gets here tomorrow and we’ll talk about it—I heard something about running around like polar bears.

In 10 words or less, what would you say about your political views?
Liberal, slightly Marxist, supportive of the common good and welfare of the people.

What do you think about the upcoming election?
I support Barack Obama. I think it will be gross if McCain is elected.

What will be your message be to the audience at the show on Friday?
For us, it’s always about getting a diverse group of people together for the love of music. Our message is to escape the restraints of everyday life (or the despair surrounding the current economic crisis) to celebrate and rejoice for a night.