Our first listen of this track came from Tegan & Sara’s recent set at Rifflandia festival, where the sisters Quin debuted Tegan’s “Hell,” from the album Sainthood, in a church (all non-spiritual coincidences, she insisted). But when it comes to hearing studio work, it’s fun stacking initial observations of a band’s new material against their Progress Report spin: The Quins insisted Sainthood was “bigger and more forceful … for the first time … this is a band record” and credited that to producer Chris Walla’s lack of overdubs and Death Cab drummer Jason McGerr’s intense drum faces. All of that rings true in “Hell”’s propulsive post-punky opening and pared down, kinetic pop hook. It’s track three on the new album, it’s catchy, and if you listen hard enough you can hear Jason’s facial contortions. And sure enough, it’s not spiritual.
Sainthood is out 10/27, and will be available with a three-book box set titled ON / IN / AT. It costs $79.99 and weighs 6lbs. These shows should be fun/ny.
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theater
10/30 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
10/31 – New York, NY @ Town Hall