Today, as the pre-order launched for their new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You (Sire), Tegan and Sara shared the first single, I’ll Be Back Someday, an infectious track with an indelible chorus that bristles with punk rock fervor. Sara directed and created the illustrations for the lyric video, which can be viewed HERE.
Those four words – I’ll be back someday – also reverberate as a hint of the full-circle nature of their ninth studio album. While revisiting their teen years for their first memoir, High School – which will be published by MCD X FSG (USA) in hardcover, ebook and audiobook on September 24 – Tegan and Sara discovered two cassette tapes containing their very first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17. With Hey, I’m Just Like You, set for release on September 27, Tegan and Sarareturn to the songs contained on those 1990s cassettes and reinvent them.
Hey, I’m Just Like You recasts Tegan and Sara’s remarkable innate songwriting talents as teenagers and allows these previously unreleased songs to benefit from the studio expertise they have gained in the past two decades as professional musicians. The album was recorded in Vancouver, BC in the spring of 2019 with an all-female team, helmed by producer Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Broods).
Sara, recalling a pivotal moment in their lives, says, “We had been begging for an electric guitar, and on our 16th birthday, we got one. 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.” I’ll Be Back Someday dates from this period.
Tegan and Sarawill bring the album and the book to life with an acoustic, interactive tour starting in North America. One dollar from every ticket sold on the tour will benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.
Like their very first tours in the late 90s, theHey, I’m Just Like You Tour will feature Tegan and Sara alone on stage. However, this will be a multi-dimensional show unlike anything they have ever done. They will read and relive stories from High School, perform songs from Hey, I’m Just Like You plus classic songs from throughout their career, and comb through archival video footage from their teen years. Through the lens of their own experiences, Tegan and Sara will celebrate all that is uniquely challenging about being a teenager – that short and singular span of years when the future seems wondrously, enticingly possible.
About High School
Named a most anticipated book of fall by O, the Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly, High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s and Sara’s points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, High School captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another.
About Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara have released eight studio albums and sold well over one million records, earning seven Gold certifications and one Double Platinum certification in the process.They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards and been recognized with three Juno Awards, a GRAMMY® nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. In 2016, they created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Learn more about the Tegan and Sara Foundation HERE.