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Tegan and Sara know exactly how fun it is to get to be a rock star, and in their new video for “Faint of Heart,” the Canadian indie pop singers are giving others the chance to grab the mic and perform for a crowd. More specifically, they’re giving LGBTQ artists the chance to rock out.
“Faint of Heart” features performers Tyler Ford, Ella Giselle, Dominic Ravina, Olabisi S. Kovabel, Cooper Treibel and more taking on iconic pop stars like David Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Elvis Presley and Grace Jones. Actress Ni Ching-Marino performs as Tegan, while trans writer Eli Erlick pulls off her best Sara impression.
Actor Tyler Ford plays Prince in “Faint of Heart” and felt the impact of the video’s filming, which occurred the day after the tragic massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. Tegan and Sara shared Tyler’s thoughts on their Instagram page, with the entertainer eloquently saying “Working with other trans and gender non-conforming folks fills my heart up, and the fact that LGBTQ+ youth will be able to see possibilities for themselves in this video is so vital. Being on set with so many LGBTQ+ folks — especially the day after the Pulse shooting — was so necessary, nurturing, affirming, and healing.”
Ford went on to add, “It’s so important to be able to create with and within our communities, and I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of this video.”
See @tywrent in our new video for Faint of Heart – link in bio. “Working with other trans & gender non-conforming folks fills my heart up, and the fact that LGBTQ+ youth will be able to see possibilities for themselves in this video is so vital. Being on set with so many LGBTQ+ folks – especially the day after the Pulse shooting – was so necessary, nurturing, affirming, and healing. It’s so important to be able to create with and within our communities, and I’m thrilled and honored to be part of this video.” – Tyler Ford. 📸: @lexii0022
Tegan and Sara have been longtime supporters of the LGBTQ community, both with their political actions and their music. The twins, who are publically out, are continuing to support the community with their latest album, showing same-sex couples in the most recent video for “BWU” and singing about a secret lesbian relationship in Love You to Death’s lead single, “Boyfriend.”
Tegan told Teen Vogue that the video shoot, their fifth from Love You to Death, was especially poignant as a result of the cast and timing of filming. “There was something very personal about this tragedy and that was undoubtedly on our minds as we arrived on set. From the second we walked in, I felt incredibly emotional. The cast was so young, so excited, so talented, so friendly and so diverse. It was clear this video was going to be very special. I felt honored to be included… which sounds silly since it was a music video for our band. But from the second we arrived, my brain recognized the music video as something we were doing together with our community to present the bravery, the talent, the love, the art, and the connection we all have, rather than just a vehicle for our music — which was a relief.”
Tegan went on to say that “Faint of Heart” will have a bigger impact on the twins’ music, saying “It might be hyperbolic to say this, but I think it altered how we looked at how we were going to proceed in our career. The video had meaning, and that felt very important in that moment of time.”