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Listen to Tegan and Sara’s Teenage Demos on Their New Album, Hey, I’m Just Like You

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No one can go back in time, but Tegan and Sara Quin did the next best thing and brought the past to them. Their new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, is a compilation of their teenage demos — things they wrote when they were still growing up in Calgary in the 90s. The songs have been reimagined, aligned with their current musical tastes, and polished by an all-female team. The 12-track record comes out around the same time as their memoir, High School, a look back at their coming-of-age years. “Last year while writing our new memoir, we came across two cassette tapes with dozens of songs we wrote in high school,” Tegan explained on an Instagram post announcing the album. “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.” They only added four sections of new lyrics throughout the whole album, so often Tegan sings Sara’s words and vice versa. For many of the tracks, they both sing, “making them the first truly ‘Tegan AND Sara’ songs.”

Listen to Tegan & Sara’s Teenage Demos on New Album