I felt for songs like ‘The Cure’ and how, specifically, I had moved to the downtowny side of Vancouver, which is a really rough neighborhood, with drugs and problems, and being gentrified. But, it’s a great neighborhood, it’s beautiful, and it’s got a sense of community like no other part of Vancouver.
I wrote the songs [after] seeing this piece on how they studied [the] brain activity of heroin addicts. Not being high on heroin, but talking about the abuse. And then somebody’s brain activity when talking about being in an unrequited relationship or being passionate and obsessed and in love with someone, and [it was] the same parts of the brain! It’s actually brought me a lot of comfort, because I felt out of control, like I didn’t have any sense of myself. So, ‘Hell’ and ‘The Cure’ were songs about my neighborhood. I was using this sort of drug-addicted, crazy neighborhood as a metaphor for my own issues, and drawing the parallels between love addiction and drug addiction, and it inspired me to get back on the horse and try to find something else to write about.”
Tegan on Hell and The Cure in Sentimentalist Magazine 2009 (x)