Sara: I’m into S&M. Not in real life, but like.. hearing about it. So if you play rough, don’t worry. Don’t get self conscious, don’t get all like.. you don’t like it. I know Tegan is staring- burning eyes into the back of my head right now. She’s like “say S&M one more time on stage. Do it. Say it.”
This song is about depression. That introverted place we sometimes go to when we’ve suffered trauma. Sometimes you have to knock yourself out of that place so that you can heal. I wrote this while in Montreal and I remember feeling terrible for my neighbors who had to listen to me screaming at the top of my lungs in order to capture the “what you are is lonely” vocal!
|—||Sara Quin on Shock To Your System (via frosted-lemoncoward)|
On Tegan playing a show without Sara
Tegan: We had a street team, this was like early 2000s so I called and someone from the street team picked me up..
Fan: That was me!
Sara: It was you? ...Okay so how do we know you're not just saying that, what did you do for Tegan?
Fan: Piers called me and I had to go to Walmart
Tegan: Wait, wait, wait, shh.
Sara: Hold in your laughter, hold on.
Fan: I went to pick up art supplies and then I met Tegan at the (?) Victoria park, then she gave me Sara's backstage pass, we glued some bristle board together, Tegan lay down, I was tracing her...
Tegan: It's true, this is a true story.
Fan: I got inbetween her legs and she goes "do you know how many people wanna be here right now"
Sara: That sounds like something Tegan would say, okay so..
Fan: We did a cut out of Tegan to create a Sara and uh, stuck you to a microphone stand..
Sara: Just in case anyone's missing this, they basically made a bristle board me and then they stuck me to a micrphone stand.
Fan: Sara, I got to talk to you on the phone.
Sara: You did, you did talk to me on the phone.
Fan: And the Tegan threw up before she went on stage.
Tegan: I was very nervous, yes, and then I got up on stage and then what happened?
Fan: You didn't know Sara's parts so the crowd sang Sara's parts for you.