Tegan and Sara Share CHVRCHES’ Cover of “Call It Off” from “The Con X: Covers” Album

The Con X: Covers Due Out October 20

Sep 18, 2017 Photography by CHVRCHES photo by Pal Hansen
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Tegan and Sara previously announced that they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album The Con with a tour and The Con X: Covers, an album due out October 20 (via Warner Bros) in which other artists cover each song on The Con, with all net proceeds going to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which works in support of LGBTQ girls and women. Last week it was revealed that the album includes CHVRCHES, Ryan Adams, Grimes and HANA, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Bleachers, Kelly Lee Owens, Shamir, Cyndi Lauper, Shura, and others. Now they have shared CHVRCHES' take on "Call It Off." CHVRCHES' version is gorgeous, moody, and atmospheric. It also slows down and stretches out the song (the original version is around 2:20 and the cover is 5:06). Listen to it below via Entertainment Weekly (who premiered it), followed by the music video for the original version and Tegan and Sara's tour dates.

Tegan Quin had this to say to Entertainment Weekly about the cover: "Lauren [Mayberry of CHVRCHES] was one of the first artists we approached for The Con X: Covers project. We are massive fans of CHVRCHES and the music they make. Lauren is an ally to the LGBTQ community and has been outspoken and political, so she fit the ethos of the project perfectly. CHVRCHES are in the studio making a new record, so we were touched they made the time to cover 'Call It Off.'"

Of the differences between the cover and the original, Tegan added: "Their cover could not have been more unexpected and we think it's beautiful. Our hope was that each artist would reinvent and reimagine each song, and they did not disappoint!"

Tegan had this to say about the album in a previous press release: "As the 10th anniversary of The Con approached, Sara and I started to brainstorm meaningful ways to celebrate what was easily one of our most important records. Almost immediately we established that a tour playing all 14 songs in a more intimate and stripped-down arrangement would be memorable for our diehard fans. But we also wanted a companion piece that would live on past the anniversary, hence The Con X: Covers album was born.

"We wanted the proceeds to go to our recently launched Tegan and Sara Foundation, which raises money for self-identified women and girls in the LGBTQ community. With that intention set, we asked 14 artists who were either outspoken allies of the LGTBQ community or LGBTQ themselves to each cover a song from The Con, in any fashion they saw fit. All the artists agreed to donate their time and energy to the project and their labels all agreed to waive their fees as well. We are beyond grateful for the contributions of each artist, and we hope fans of The Con will be moved by their interpretations."

Tegan and Sara recently teamed up with Matthew Dear for his new song, "Bad Ones," which they co-wrote and sing on.

CHVRCHES released their well-received second album, Every Open Eye, in 2015 via Glassnote (it was #9 on Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015 list). Back in February we reported that the band had started work on their third album and were working with Dave Stewart of iconic 1980s duo Eurythmics.

CHVRCHES were on the cover of one of our print issues in 2015 and you can read the in-depth 8-page 5,600-word cover story feature on the band here. You can also read our bonus digital magazine Q&A with them here.

 

The Con X: Covers Tracklist:

1. Ruth B. - I Was Married
2. MUNA - Relief Next to Me
3. Shura - The Con
4. Mykki Blanco - Knife Going In
5. PVRIS - Are You Ten Years Ago
6. Ryan Adams - Back in Your Head 
7. City and Colour - Hop a Plane
8. Kelly Lee Owens - Soil, Soil
9. Bleachers - Burn Your Life Down
10. Hayley Williams of Paramore - Nineteen
11. Sara Bareilles - Floorplan
12. Shamir - Like O, Like H
13. Trashique (GRIMES X HANA) - Dark Come Soon
14. CHVRCHES - Call it Off

Digital Bonus Tracks:

15. Cyndi Lauper - Back in Your Head (Bonus Track)
16. Bleached - One Second (Bonus Track)
17. Vivek Shraya - I Take All the Blame (Bonus Track)
18. Tegan and Sara - Miami Still (Bonus Track Demo)

Tegan and Sara - The Con: X Tour Dates:
 
10/20 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
10/21 - Las Vegas, CA - Palms Casino Resort - The Pearl Concert Theater
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
10/26 - Portland, OR -  Revolution Hall
10/27 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10/28 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/30 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/31 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11/2 - Winnipeg, MB - Pantages Playhouse Theatre
11/3 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
11/4 - Chicago, IL - Oriental Theatre
11/5 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple - The Cathedral Theatre
11/6 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
11/8 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
11/9 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/10 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
11/11 - Washington, DC - The Anthem  
11/13 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11/15 - Austin, TX - Paramount
11/16 - Austin, TX - Paramount

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