AE: How long will this European tour be? Why Europe before the US?
HP: The European tour will be about two weeks long — some dates with T&S and then the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park London on July 4. Going on tour with your friends is the s–t! I couldn’t be more excited, me and Sara e-mail about it every day!
AE: Are you nervous to go out with Tegan and Sara as they will be seeing you perform the new record for the first time?
HP: They’ve actually both seen my live show a few times so it will be super fun. They are both so supportive and amazing to me and my music, I couldn’t be more grateful. Also T&S have the warmest most receptive audience. You couldn’t really ask for a better room of people.
AE: What are you doing leading up to the record?
HP: I just shot a video for "Can We Go Wrong" here in NYC that is going to be dope. I did it with director Kurt St Thomas totally punk rock style all over Manhattan — on the subway, in the studio, on my roof, etc. It’s turning out sick, I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Kurt directed the first Northern State video for "At the Party," which was great for us. He also created Houndstooth radio which is a dope internet radio station that you should listen to. It’s basically like having a personal DJ 24/7. He’s an all around creative, amazing music guy with his hand in a lot of things. We had a blast together.
AE: How do you identify sexually?
HP: Everyone is always trying to find out if I’m gay or not and I’ve never answered the question ’til now. For the record, I don’t identify as gay — though I’m certainly a queer ally — but I definitely subscribe to the idea that female sexuality is fluid. I’ve had crushes on girls before, I’ve made out with girls before. If I walk into a party, I’m generally struck by the beautiful women before I’m struck by the beautiful men. Women are amazingly beautiful and smart and interesting and sexy. Dudes are sexy too but in a different way, a simpler way. Flirting with a girl is totally different than flirting with a guy.
You know, I’ve never gone all the way with a girl but it’s definitely something that I fantasize about. I’ve always preferred lesbian porn to straight porn. I read a lot of lesbian erotica. It’s something I’m absolutely open to.
When I’m in bed with a guy that’s the time that I feel the most "feminine" in the conventional sense of the word, like I’m the girl and being overpowered and that’s cool and I like that. But in life in general and certainly on stage I feel very powerful and have kind of an in-your-face, New York, "f–k you" you kind of attitude. That’s typically considered "masculine". It’s a confusing and kind of antiquated thing — traditional gender roles — and I don’t think they really apply anymore.