I attended my second “real” concert on April 16, 2005 (the first was Green Day‘s “American Idiot” tour). The Killers were touring in support of “Hot Fuss,” a true modern rock masterpiece on which I was completely hooked. My 8th grade self felt important, almost as if I were a 10th grader. Upon entering The Wiltern Theater (presented by LG), I was initially surprised: there were no seats in front of the stage. My dad had purchased balcony tickets, so my first pit exposure would have to wait.
The opener was an underwhelming girl group, two sisters, called Tegan and Sara. I was counting down the minutes to the band I was there to see, who absolutely tore the roof off the place (remember when The Killers were good?).
I didn’t pay much attention to Tegan and Sara, though the next day I did Limewire one song that I had enjoyed: “Walking with a Ghost.”
Raise your hand if you knew that Tegan and Sara started in 1995. Yea, no one. Opening for The Killers was one of their biggest gigs to date, and “Walking with a Ghost” was the song that launched them to the festival circuit. Almost 20 years on, Tegan and Sara are bigger than ever, producing heartfelt ballad pop that resonates with plenty of folks who won’t admit it.
Their soaring voices have become a favorite for DJs, and countless remixes are floating out there. The whole thing started when Tiesto, the 45 year-old “I’m not even trying” DJ mogul, featured them on “Feel It In My Bones” and then remixed “Back In Your Head.”
Monsieur Adi has clearly been listening to Daft Punk. This remix echoes both the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack and the Julian Casablancas-featuring “Instant Crush” off “Random Access Memories.” It does what a good remix should do in that it sounds like it could be an original track. The vocals fit perfectly with the triumphant synths, and the steady beat maintains the song’s easy listening quality.
You won’t hear this one in the club, but you will hear it on your friend’s next road trip mixtape.