Scissor Sisters guitarist Derek Gruen aka Del Marquis has released a new solo album (Cosmos) under the moniker, Slow Nights. For this new persona, Gruen recruited a slew of musicians, including The New Power Generation, Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light) and Xavier among others, to channel a new ’80s-inspired, funk-pop sound.
In an interview with FAB magazine, Gruen talked about the inspiration behind one particular track, “Legendary Children.”
“There’s been this recognition of gay history among the younger generation, and there have been documentaries out this year like How To Survive a Plague. There is finally a reflection that there is a history to being queer that you should be proud of. This song is not ‘We’re fierce and let’s dance,’ which is great, but what I’m saying is know your history, share your stories and lament the fact that so many people who fought for gay rights and HIV medication died before they realized their potential.”
In case you missed it, Gruen posted a sampler of his new album, which is now available on iTunes. Listen below: