Indie pop sisters Tegan and Sara don’t shy away from their status as out queer musicians, often using their music to explore topics that don’t normally crop up in heterosexual love songs. One of those topics happens to be marriage and the fact that — while they’re all for equality — they’re not particularly interested in the institution itself. “I was happy when the Supreme Court ruling legalized same sex marriage in the U.S.A.,” Sara Quin tells EW, “but I was also relieved that I could finally ‘come out’ as a person who actively dislikes the institution—specifically the assumption that by not participating in the ritual you are a deviant or unlikely to share the same common values as someone who does.”
The new video for “BWU”, off Tegan and Sara’s recent album Love You to Death, finds Quin wandering around Los Angeles proposing to random people with an empty engagement ring box. Taking a stance in direct opposition to Billy Idol’s, the songs lyrics declare, “We don’t need a white wedding” and “I don’t need a ring to prove that you’re worthy.”
The video was directed by actress Clea DuVall (Argo, Veep), who also directed the video for Love You to Death lead single “Boyfriend”. Check it out below, and read our recent profile on the duo, Tegan and Sara: Born to Run and Living in the Future.