Tegan and Sara to play at Eastern Michigan University on Dec. 20Written by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
Warning: When you hear Tegan and Sara’s new single “Closer,” all you’ll want to do is play it repeatedly.
The ultra-catchy, upbeat pop song is from the identical twins’ forthcoming disc, “Heartthrob,” due in January.
“I had been listening to a lot of Kate Bush, and I also love a lot of Ace of Base and weird dance music from the ’90s that I loved when I was a teenager, so I was really trying to emulate that,” said Tegan Quin, who wrote most of “Closer.”
“Emotionally, I was trying to capture the idea [of] long before you’re an adult and have serious relationships, breakups and unrequited love, and frustration and rejection, and all that — which is what I usually write about — way before that, when I was in my late teens, at that point I was just in love with everyone I knew; I was in love with all my friends,” Tegan said during a call from her home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“I was just spiritually trying to visualize the most romantic moments that I could imagine, but they were all pre-even telling someone you like them. I mean, the idea that if you never told them you liked them, it wouldn’t feel like rejection because you were so enamored that just being around them was enough. That’s what ‘Closer’ is about.”
For their seventh disc, the sisters updated their sound.
“We lost a lot of the guitar or just buried it more and allowed our keyboards to come out,” Tegan said. “We did that to really pump up the pop part of what we do.
“I think of songs from our past like ‘Walking With a Ghost’ or ‘Back in Your Head,’ I mean, these are really catchy pop songs; we recorded them in an indie rock manner. And so this time around, we just sort of beefed up the pop side.”
The Canadian duo has been making music together since 1995.
“We joke that we’re, like, so old now, and we know we’re really not that old — we’re 32 — but we’ve been making music since we were 15 years old together, and I think that over the years, each of our records tells a story,” Tegan said.
“‘Heartthrob’ is a very important chapter in our story. I think that we’re very confident, empowered, and I think we’re at a very important point in our career where we didn’t want to recycle any ideas that we’ve had in the past.
“And I think because we’ve covered so much ground in our past from making folk records to rock records to indie records, that we really felt like it was time for us to lose a lot of the guitar and just focus on the keyboards.”
Fans can hear a few new tracks when Tegan and Sara open for The Killers at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. Tickets range from $32.50 to $59.50.
“We’re playing one of my favorite tracks from the record called ‘I’m Not Your Hero,’ which Sara wrote,” Tegan said.
“Being gay, we sort of get lumped in with a certain sort of political belief system and political party, and I think Sara really wrote a beautiful song about sometimes feeling like a stranger amongst the people we are so closely aligned with. It’s really powerful live.”