Canadian duo Pansy Boys is capturing the hearts and minds of music fans of dreamy orchestral pop. Formed by queer Toronto-based twins Kyle Curry, BFA 17, and Joel Curry, BFA 17, the brothers’ music has been dubbed “dreamy melancholy for troubled times” by CBC Arts, and New York City’s Paper magazine praises their new album Seasons of Doubt for its “dizzying range of emotions felt in romantic relationships [and] lush electronic instrumentation.”
The Curry brothers, who came of age while attending Concordia, and share a deep bond, have reclaimed the word “pansy” and are often mentioned in the same breath as Canada's other queer musical twins, Tegan and Sara.
In this candid Q&A, they share their journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
When did each of you learn that your brother is gay?
Kyle Curry: We always knew. We were doing choreographed dances to Britney Spears and Madonna when we were very young. Then I came out when I was 16. I didn't talk to Joel about it before. I think we just assumed that the other already knew. When I came out on Valentine's Day, our older brother asked Joel, ‘Are you gay, too?’
Joel Curry: I was happy, and it also took the pressure off of me.