There's strength in saying, "I don't need a piece of paper or a ring or a wedding or photos to show how significant my commitment to a relationship is." I think that's still true to marriage equality, though. As I've gotten older, because I'm queer and because it's suddenly really apparent how deeply unfair it was that gay people couldn't get married, I've had to reassess my feelings about marriage.
My family didn't put a lot of emphasis on marriage. " There's definitely a lot of time to think about it when you're not hurtling down the highway from one city to the next, playing shows and doing meet-and-greets. We've been working with our art director for over 10 years and I have always been sending images back and forth of things that inspired us.
" I feel so torn about it, because I don't want to seem like a jerk. One of the things that happened naturally in the photo shoot was that the makeup got a little more embellished than usual. But now I'm 35 and I'm much more comfortable with the idea. If we don't reinvent ourselves or our look or our stage, we'll go crazy. But it's the norm now that people augment their sound with tracks. At the heart of this, I think audiences want to hear music played a specific way. But what I think a lot of people are there for is a performance.
A few years ago, Tegan and Sara made a bold decision: They became a full-on pop group.
After more than a decade of making indie-rock hits, the Canadian twin sisters largely traded guitars for synthesizers, focused on hooks and became even more of a success. I don't think we would have said, "I guess we have to get the old electric guitars out again and write more indie-rock songs." You worked solely with producer Greg Kurstin, who worked with you on , on this one. Tegan and I work best with producers who work almost like editors. Some of them may already have 60 tracks [of instruments] on a song.
When I brought that one in, I thought it would be scrapped. It's about a relationship that I had had, but I wanted it to be broad enough that you didn't have to be in the same situation as me to relate to it.] I like to think of it as more of an anti-wedding song.
When he stripped back the demo, I realized it had a really strong arrangement and a strong melody, and the lyrics were great. It's another example of me attempting to write a song that's supposed to be a sweet pop song but ends up darker, like "Boyfriend." When I write pop songs, I tend to want them to be a bit more cerebral.