Tegan & Sara – “Turnpike Ghost” (Steel Train Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Steel Train opened for Tegan & Sara this winter, which may be where they got the idea for Terrible Thrills Vol. 1, an album of female artists covering songs from their upcoming self-titled album. Their list of covers artists is impressive: In addition to Tegan & Sara, they’ve recruited Scarlett Johansson?, Holly Miranda?, Deradoorian?, Alia Shawkat, and ?Amanda Palmer?. Tegan & Sara’s interpretation was made with help from RAC’s Andre Allen Anjos, who turns it into a rollerskate jam with lots of tinkling keyboards and a simple bass melody taken from the original’s drums.

Tegan & Sara – “Turnpike Ghost (Steel Train Cover)”

“Turnpike Ghost” sounds like it was a natural fit for Tegan & Sara (especially the song’s faster verses), so this song really comes off like a duet between the bands. Grab the original:
Steel Train – “Turnpike Ghost”

Steel Train PR 2010

Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 comes with pre-orders of Steel Train’s s/t album, out 6/29 via Terrible Thrills. Steel Train are at Mercury Lounge tonight. Tickets here.