Tegan and Sara have returned with the lead single “I’ll Be Back Someday” from their forthcoming album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, today (July 25).
The infectious track is a reinvented version of what the sisters found on their old cassettes when they were digging through inspiration for their first memoir, High School . The cassettes were from the 1990s, recorded the two were between the ages of 15 and 17. That nostalgic, punk rock energy is definitely apparent on the catchy track.
“To the end my friend, oh what a lie/ If I could pretend, if I could lie,” they sing, emitting pure teenage angst on top of fiery electric guitars.
““We had been begging for an electric guitar, and on our 16th birthday, we got one,” Sara Quin said in a release of the time period “I’ll Be Back” dates to. “Of course, we had to share it, so it became a weapon that we stole from each other’s rooms, barricading ourselves behind locked doors with guitar in hand. Screaming over the small amplifier, we tested our voices by writing punk songs, shredding our thumbs on the strings.”
The rest of the album, which was recorded in Vancouver, BC earlier this year with an all-female team including producer Alex Hope, will consist of more reinventions of those ’90s tapes, showcasing the remarkable talent the “Closer” artists had even at such a young age.
Tegan and Sara also recently announced an acoustic, interactive North American tour that will pair with the album. For the first time in decades, the duo will play by themselves, and will hit more intimate venues, reading excerpts from High School. The Quins will play songs from the new album as well as catalog classics, and share video footage from their teenage years. Tickets go on sale here tomorrow (July 26).
Hey, I’m Just Like You is set for release on Sept. 27 via Sire Records. Just a few days before that, High School will be published on Sept. 24 by MCD X FSG (USA) in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook.
Watch the lyric video (drawn by Sara Quin) below, and find tour dates after the jump.
Hey, I’m Just Like You – Track Listing
1. Hold My Breath Until I Die
2. Hey, I’m Just Like You
3. I’ll Be Back Someday
4. Don’t Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie)
5. Hello, I’m Right Here
6. I Don’t Owe You Anything
7. I Know I’m Not The Only One
8. Please Help Me
9. Keep Them Close Cause They Will Fuck You Too
10. We Don’t Have Fun When We’re Together Anymore
11. You Go Away And I Don’t Mind
12. All I Have To Give The World Is Me