Today, RollingStone.com premiered "Closer," the lead single off their forthcoming Tegan and Sara studio album set for a January 2013 release.
"Sara calls CLOSER my 'let's get it on' track," Tegan explains to Rolling Stone. "And although I do imagine that this would be an okay song to make out to, all I intended was to write something sweet that reminded the listener of a time before sex, complicated relationships, drama and heart break. In short, I was writing about my youth. A time when we got CLOSER by linking arms and walking down our school hallway or talked all night on the telephone about every thought or experience we'd ever had. It wasn't necessarily even about hooking up or admitting your feelings back then. In fact THAT rarely happened. It was the anticipation of something MAYBE happening that was truly exciting and satisfying. We were perpetually getting CLOSER, yet we rarely got physical with one another, if ever. These relationships existed in a state of sexual and physical ambiguity. Is there anything more romantic than that?"
On their new album, Tegan and Sara worked in the studio with Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Lily Allen, Sia), Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Mastodon, Rilo Kiley), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83, Moving Units). During the new album's creation, Tegan and Sara brought their fans along for the ride by offering an inside look at the process of recording through Tegan and Sara's Carpool Confessional, a weekly video show filmed from the back of their car and featuring a wide variety of guests and collaborators. Additionally, Rolling Stone rolled out weekly behind the scenes photo updates from the studio, all captured by Lindsey Byrnes.
In addition to a handful of headlining shows and a performance at Austin City Limits, Tegan and Sara have some massive tours coming up with the likes of The Black Keys and The Killers. A full list of tour dates is below, including UIC Pavilion in Chicago, on. Dec. 21.
Stay tuned into TeganAndSara.com for more information about the new album, due out January 2013.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 23 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
Sep 24 - Neptune - Seattle, WA
Sep 25 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
Sep 28 - Cuthbert Amphitheatre - Eugene, OR
Sep 29 - Harmony By The Bay Festival - Mountain View, CA
w/The Black Keys:
Oct 1 - Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA
Oct 2 - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara , CA
Oct 4 - Valley View Casino - San Diego, CA
Oct 5 - Staples Center - Los Angeles , CA
Oct 6 - Staples Center - Los Angeles , CA
Oct 8 - Honda Center - Anaheim , CA
Oct 9 - US Air Arena - Phoenix , AZ
Oct 10 - Pan American Center - Las Cruces , NM
Oct 11 - Annette Strauss Square @ AT&T Performing Arts Center - Dallas, TX
Oct 12 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX
Oct 14 - Corona Capital Festival - Mexico City, Mexico
UK Dates w/The Killers:
Oct 26 - Scottish Exhibition Centre - Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Oct 27 - Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre - Aberdeen, Scotland
Oct 31 - The LG Arena @ The NEC - Birmingham
Nov 1 - The LG Arena @ The NEC - Birmingham
Nov 3 - Capital FM Arena - Nottingham
Nov 4 - Newcastle Metro Arena - Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle
Nov 5 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff
Nov 8 - Motorpoint Arena - Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Nov 9 - Echo Arena - Liverpool, Merseyside
Nov 13 - Manchester Arena - Manchester
Nov 14 - Manchester Arena - Manchester
Nov 16 - O2 Arena - London
Nov 17 - O2 Arena - London
Nov 29 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO
Nov 30 - UCCU Center - Orem, UT
Dec 3 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
Dec 13 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Dec 14 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Dec 15 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
Dec 17 - Agganis Arena - Boston, MA
Dec 18 - Patriot Center - Fairfax, VA
Dec 20 - EMU Convocation Center - Ypsilanti, MI
Dec 21 - UIC Pavilion - Chicago, IL
**Contrary to previous reports, Tegan and Sara will not be opening for The Killers in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan on December 28 and 29.