Your favorite Canadian twins have big news with dates set for a fall North American tour and a new single out today from their 10th studio album. Tegan and Sara have 19 intimate shows booked from the East Coast to West in October and November, featuring support from singer-songwriter Tomberlin.
Crybaby is due out Oct. 21 via the duo’s new deal with Mom+Pop Music. Produced by the Quin sisters and John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten), the album was recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle and Sargent Recorders in Los Angeles.
“This was the first time where, while we were still drafting our demos, we were thinking about how the songs were going to work together,” Tegan said in a statement. “It wasn’t even just that Sara was making lyric changes or reorganizing the parts to my songs, it was that she was also saying to me, ‘This song is going to be faster,’ or ‘It’s going to be in a different key.’ But Sara effectively improves everything of mine that she works on.”
The twins released the video for the single “Yellow” today, which was directed by Mark Myers and pays homage to Coldplay’s video for their 2000 song of the same name.
Sara explains that the song “was written after we began to take steps to heal the bruises we have both carried with us since adolescence and early adulthood – wounds that never quite healed right and flare up seasonally, sending us spiraling backward in time. Are we doomed to remain forever 15, breaking up and breaking apart? I hope not.”
The video was shot in the duo’s home base of Vancouver. Sara notes that it’s a “city that didn’t feel big enough to hold us both when we arrived here the first time. Twenty-two years later, we’re back, calling it home.”
The fall North American tour kicks off a few days after the album release with an Oct. 26 show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Stops on the routing include Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club, Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, Minneapolis’ First Avenue, San Diego’s The Observatory, Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre and Seattle’s Neptune Theatre. The last gig of the tour is Nov. 20 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
Fans can sign up now at teganandsara.com to get access to a presale that starts July 13 at 10 a.m. local time. The remaining tickets go on sale July 15 at 10 a.m. local time. VIP packages will be available for all dates.
In other Tegan and Sara news, look out for “High School,” a new original coming-of-age series on Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV), which was co-created and executive produced by the Quins and Clea DuVall. The series is based on Tegan and Sara’s critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling memoir of the same name, with TikTok creators and TV newcomers Railey and Seazynn Gilliland portraying the high school versions of the twins.
The Quin sisters also recently launched their own Substack newsletter, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” with free and paid-tier content featuring “audio and text-message conversations as well as essays, lyric annotations and behind-the-scenes looks about their upcoming projects,” according to an announcement from their team.
Plus, the first volume of the middle-grade graphic novel duology “Tegan & Sara: Junior High” and “Tegan & Sara: Crush,” is due out in spring 2023. Written by the twins and illustrated by Eisner Award-winner Tillie Walden, the story is “is about identical twins growing up and growing apart, coming to terms with their queerness and falling in love with music over the course of junior high.”
Box office reports submitted to Pollstar for Tegan and Sara include an Oct. 27, 2019, show at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., that sold 1,200 tickets and grossed $76,867.
Tegan and Sara Fall Tour Dates (w/Tomberlin):
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
October 28 – Boston, MA @ Royale
October 29 – New York, NY @ Pier 17
October 30 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
November 1 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
November 2 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
November 4 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 5 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
November 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
November 8 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
November 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
November 11 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
November 12 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
November 13 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
November 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
November 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
November 19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
November 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom