Tegan and Sara premiered their new single “Boyfriend” today on Beats Radio, and Sara Quin talked with the host about the very personal track:“It’s a pretty straightforward pop song about a relationship that I was getting into with a girl who had never dated a girl before and she had a guy, a boyfriend guy that she was sort of seeing, and we used to joke around that she was treating me like her boyfriend, and I was trying to get her to sort of you, you know, tie it down. I get that that it sometimes doesn’t seem immediately relatable to everybody whether they’re straight or gay or whatever but we’ve all been in that situation where we really like someone and we want to make it official, and they’re not ready.”OK, this is too real. Obviously, being gay, you know, the sort of bit of a gender twist in the song. Like, it looks awful, I mean, you're cringing in them," and the girl was like, "I got food poisoning the night before and I was up just getting sick all night and I was in so much pain and I got to the shoot and I was dehydrated and tired and I went to the hospital right afterwards," and Tyra was like--It was like a close up on her face all the sudden and she was all like, "You know, I had"--I can't remember what it was, some sort of disorder, some sort of thing--"and I was in incredible pain and I was cramping and blah blah blah blah blah"--you know, she's doing this whole thing and listing all the characteristics, all the symptoms of her disease, and she goes, "But you just model through it." And I was like, "Oh my god, that's fucking genius.
Their 2013 album, that after working with several producers and songwriters – including Jack Antonoff, Rob Cavallo and Mike Elizondo, among others – they realized they had invited too many cooks into the kitchen. Together, the Quins and Kurstin crafted strong, thoughtful, catchy songs like "Boyfriend," "100x" and "U-Turn," all of which explore various forms of relationships, from romantic ones to their own sibling dynamic. We really need someone who can dig through all of that and pick the strongest parts and elevate them. With this whole record, I was looking into who I am as a person.
He might ask us to play something in a different key or faster. Your first single is "Boyfriend." How did he help you with that one? It really started 12 or 13 years ago, when I moved up to Montreal. A lot of this album is thinking about that time: who I was, what it really meant to be on my own, the insecurity that came with it. Am I a freak of nature now because I'd just spent 17 years touring?
Totally, my girlfriend treats me like a dumb boyfriend all the time." The twins' new album, Love You To Death ( Warner Bros.
), can only be interpreted as sparkling '80s-inspired contemporary dance-pop, a synth-rich marriage of New Zealand's Ladyhawke, Sweden's Lykke Li and Katy Perry, the latter of whom they opened for on the 2014 "Prismatic" tour.
--are still every bit the outspoken activists they've been for most of their 13-year career.
That outspokenness includes the currently front-burner issue of marriage equality.
When I brought that one in, I thought it would be scrapped. It was the first time in my life that I'd ever lived without Tegan. Another song that deals with relationship insecurities and feeling helpless is "Hang On to the Night." What inspired that? I'm in my mid thirties, and I'm starting to think about mortality a lot.
When he stripped back the demo, I realized it had a really strong arrangement and a strong melody, and the lyrics were great. I made friends and started a romantic relationship. We've lost a lot of people in the last few years.
Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?
" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob?
At first I was very judgmental about it, but the truth is that I've really enjoyed getting back into reality TV. I find it much more reflective of the world I know in L. When I told people what I was doing tonight, there was a wide spectrum of responses. Molly: I've done other reality shows, but I didn't understand. Friends of mine were like, Oh, you should come over and join us for the show, and I was like, "This is my time! I said, "Oh, I'll try it once," and then it was so fun to watch with other people. I brought a big container of these plastic diamond rings that have a strobe light in them so when you push on them they flash. Tegan: But why does every single person on the show not understand the premise of the show and just cry the whole time that they have to go on group dates? This is exactly what they want — to have their personal lives on TV. Molly: Oh, my god, Olivia – the one who is like, "I wanted to be a newscaster and then I gave up on my dream because this is more important to me." Girl, be a newscaster! I just have to feel like there's going to be something valuable or cerebral to take away from it, you know? Sara: For me, I have a really hard time being critical or negative about things, especially publicly.