REVIEW: Bad girl love song is oh so good (Tegan and Sara)

Today, Rhythm of the Region welcomes a new contributor to the music blog. Ashley Bethard will be adding some depth, showing some musical love and generally bringing a new voice to the many voices of the music scene. Here first post if below. Please show her some love. — Brian Glass

Oh, Tegan. Oh, Sara. These girls? They kick ass in their new single, and I’m not just saying that because I’m partial to a bad girl love song (okay, maybe I’m a little biased). You may have heard their new album Heartthrob described as “poppy,” marking a departure from solid indie territory. That might be true, but they can do pop better than most.

I’ll be honest: the only former Tegan and Sara song that interested me before this was 2009’s ubiquitous “Hell,” and I think “Closer” surpasses it – not just in catchiness, but in overall complexity. Don’t believe me? Give it a listen:

I love a song with depth that moves through moods and signals the changes with instruments, vocals and synths. “Closer” does all of that. And it’s sexily aggressive in a unique way, not at all like a typical pop tartlet. You’re going to wanna dance to this one, but you’ll also get that funny feeling that these girls are the type who’d chew you up, spit you out and stomp on you with their moto boots before zipping their leather jackets and skulking away.

The best part about all of this? They’re playing at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus today. Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets are $40.35 (includes processing fee). Find more ticket info here. Opener: Diana.

— Ashley Bethard


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