“Boyfriend” is one of Sara’s songs, and it sounds like a right-to-reply from the silent partners of “I Kissed a Girl” or Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer.”
“I let you take advantage ‘cause it felt so good / I blame myself for thinking we both understood,” Sara sings seductively, before bursting into an anxious, sing-songy ultimatum: “You call me up like you would your best friend / You turn me on, like you would your boyfriend / But I don’t wanna be your secret anymore.”
She didn’t intend it as a kiss-off. She was writing in part about Reader seeing a guy when they first met, and more broadly about gender identity and roles in all relationships, which inspired the video’s fluid, drag-inspired aesthetic: The Quins take turns getting gaudy makeup applied, and a giant motion-capture camera films them in close-up, miming along to the ridiculously catchy track. In the final, CGI-enhanced edit, the colors will swim across their faces. Sara says she’s ready for such an obviously queer pop song (she notes it name-checks The Crying Game) to strike a mainstream chord. “The idea of a guy being like, ‘I totally relate to ‘Boyfriend,’ girls are always playing these games with me,’ and I’m like, I know,” she says with an emphatic groan. “I think there’s a part of me that wishes I lived in a world where it was like that.”
Tegan: We are just devastated and sad, so sad, about… there was so much loss in the world, I mean is every day is a tough day if you go looking for bad news. But we specifically just really horrified and so sicken by what happened in Orlando, the whole weekend, both flights. Obviously there was a performer that was shot selling merchandise and obviously a hundred people are mowed down in Orlando. I’m sure most of you, I’m sure there’s not anyone, unless you live under a rock, that you wouldn’t know that that happened but we feel that at this time that it’s really important to say that we shouldn’t be afraid and you shouldn’t feel bad, I mean you should feel bad about what happened but not about yourselves. I saw a lot of people online talking about being scared and feeling bad. I just thought to myself this is a very important time in history where we can’t become apathetic we have to continue to push forwards and there’s so much still to be done and there’s fuckingly still a whole lot of hatred (i didn’t understand what she said after that) I just feel like this is a time to remember that we still have to be strong, our community has to be strong, our allies have to stand with us. we have to remember that there are people out there that do terrible terrible things and my instinct the day after the shooting was to sort of pull back a little bit. I had a moment of for the first time in a really long time I was with my girlfriend I was I don’t want to hold hands, It was a terrible feeling it made me sick because it was the first time in my adult life I felt scared and I’m not afraid, it went away very quickly. I’m not afraid, I’m proud of who we are. we’ve been in the industry for a long time.
Tegan: Maybe because of who we are, We’ve heard about awful sick terrible things that happen to LGBT people all the time. It keeps us fighting, it gives us extra purpose. We’re not just playing music to play music, we’re intentionally out there. I hope being role models and helping things move forwards and helping to make change but we couldn’t do it without your support.