: I've had my record sent out to people and it's interesting to be on the other side and get a private stream of your record before anyone else.Obviously "Boyfriend" I know super well because I've been playing with the stems...and "Walking With A Ghost" got reviewed so badly initially.Like so many reviews on big publications like Pitchfork were calling us boring and saying the guitar was boring and so simple. There was sort of the understanding that we were never going to be considered amongst the guitar gods, that we were not good enough.Nobody looking at us now is going "oh yeah the songs are boring" and if they are then I'm like "then you write ' Boyfriend' if you think it's so simple and easy!!It's much easier for me to defend our position in pop music than it ever was in rock music.Now it's really easy to look back and be like "well they were fucking wrong! And some of that was self-imposed and insecurity but one thing I really like about pop music is it feels like there are less rules.It's sort of a wild west, you can kind of do whatever you want...unlike the national scene and the indie rock scene.
like a very best friend You kiss me like your boyfriend You call me up like you want your best friend You turn me on like you want your boyfriend But I don't want to be your secret anymore [Bridge] Don't wanna, don't wanna play the crying game Do you feel the same?From so many years of making really heavy, alternative indie rock/pop or whatever, it's been very inspiring and exciting to thematically still be dark and deep and just like match that with something less deep and less dark.: I think what you do really well on this record is that thing Whitney Houston does really well which is happy/sad music - where it's sonically euphoric but the lyrics are like "oh my god! ": That was the one complaint - a lot of the diehard Tegan and Sara superfans were fine..there was definitely a contingent of people saying "oh this feels smoothed over, this feels likes it's been created to appeal to the masses!Where's the depth, where's the edge and the heartbreak and...?There's not these rules that we have to adhere to.So in a way we chose to get into pop music cos we liked the idea of being able to move up the ranks - because the only qualification you need is ambition and to be able to write a good hook.