Tegan And Sara Announce New Album ‘Hey, I’m Just Like You’

Mike Nied | July 9, 2019 5:19 pm

It’s time to get excited. Why? Because Tegan and Sara are gearing up to drop a new album. It’s been three years since the twin sisters dropped their eighth LP Love You To Death. Today (July 9) they announced plans to roll out their ninth. Titled Hey, I’m Just Like You, it arrives September 27. And the project has a very interesting backstory tied to their forthcoming memoir High School (out September 24). “While working on our memoir, we discovered lost cassette tapes that had been unheard for over 20 years,” Tegan said in a press release. “They contained dozens of our first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17.”

After coming across them, they decided to update the songs using the experience they’d gained over the last 20 years. That resulting music, recorded between April and May of this year, built out the tracklist for the album. “With only minor tweaks to lyrics and structure, we tried to remain true to the original essence of each song,” Sara explained. “This is the record we never could have made as teenagers, full of songs we never could have written as adults,” the sisters added. A press release lauds the work as a return to their rock and punk roots with the addition of pop production. And that really comes through in a snippet contained in an album trailer.

Not only that, but Hey, I’m Just Like You marks the duo’s first album created with an all-woman team. Check out the cover art and a trailer for the release below. You can also pre-save the LP here.

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The new Tegan and Sara album Hey, I’m Just Like You, Out September 27. Last year while writing our new memoir, we came across two cassette tapes with dozens of songs we wrote in high school. Defiant and melodramatic, the songs captured the exultation and grief of first loves, first losses, ecstatic kiss-offs, and psychedelic tributes to the friendships we had as teenagers. It had been over twenty years since we had heard the songs and quite honestly, we both expected to listen once, cringe, and bury them for another couple decades. But they were good. Like, really good. They were raw, and in some cases the lyrics were hard to decipher. But the melodies, the honesty in the words, and the joy listening to them after all these years was undeniable. We decided immediately that those songs were the demos we’d use to build the new Tegan and Sara record. Hey, I’m Just Like You has twelve songs, but in making those twelve songs we pulled sections from nearly twenty of those lost high school demos. We kept the original lyrics where we could, and we only wrote four new sections. In some cases, Sara sings songs I wrote, and in other cases I sing songs she wrote. For the first time ever, we share vocal duties on a handful of songs making them the first truly “Tegan AND Sara” songs. Alex Hope produced the record in Vancouver, where we recorded this past April and May. It is also the FIRST Tegan and Sara album produced, performed, engineered, mixed, and mastered by a team of all women. Produced by Alex Hope Engineered by Rachael Findlen Mixed by Beatriz Artola Mastered by Emily Lazar Assistant engineering by Annie Kennedy Tegan Quin: Vocals, guitar Sara Quin: Vocals, guitar, glockenspiel Alex Hope: Guitar, keyboards, piano, synths, programming, backing vocals Carla Azar: Drums Catherine Hiltz: Bass We cannot wait for you to hear our new record, out September 27th on all platforms. You can pre-save it now on Spotify. Stay tuned for new music shortly, as well as tour dates, videos, and special-pre-order packages. We think you’re going to love the new record. Dare we go so far as to prophesize; it might be your new favorite?

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