The twin sisters, Tegan and Sara Quin, were born in Calgary, Alberta New York City with her girlfriend who she has been dating since Tegan & Sara, Fall Press Shot by Lindsey Byrnes. Alternative MusicMusic LoveMy . T&S Tegan And Sara, Me As A Girlfriend, Great Bands, Twins, How.
I'll be friends with you. But the physical distance between the sisters exacerbates some of the more fractious aspects of their relationship. When Sara returns to Vancouver to record So Jealous , the twins enter therapy again they had gone as kids, too, when their relationship became fraught.
On tour, Sara tells BuzzFeed , they even fought in front of the crew. It was completely horrifying to people that we would fight. It is also nominated for a Juno Award. The songs are so focused on love, writes InPress , that the record company sent a note asking if they could sing about anything else.
Tegan has other opinions. It's about being involved," Tegan says of the album. They're reminders to stay involved in your life, don't fall asleep at the wheel, don't go 50 years with someone you don't love and then wake up and you're 68 years old and you've wasted your whole life and you're going to die and have nothing. They're not love songs so much as they're love reminders, to not waste your life, to not waste your time. Whatever that message is for anyone, for each person there are personal reasons why people connect to the songs, but for me I think our record is pretty desperate, very emotional.
I think that's the one common link between our feelings about politics or about economic reform and music and the music industry, it's that we're very passionate people.
So Jealous is also a pretty great glimpse of the future of Tegan and Sara, who will likely experience pretty vivid sense of deja vu in , since many of the talking points regarding So Jealous will be repeated during the press cycle for Heartthrob. Interview upon interview asks the twins about embracing pop. This interview from Out in the Mountains in will be repeated again and again in and Write music we like. Write music our friends like. Write music our family likes. Write music our fans like.
Write music our label likes. We do believe that our label believes in us — they have proved it by not dropping us when they really could have. So it is our job, Tegan and Sara, to make sure we don't alienate everyone who is with us right now. We are a pop band in an indie world, and we want to grow out of that, eventually, but not right now. Now at the same time, we run into people that say 'I never want you to get big and famous. I want you to be poor and live in a square-foot apartment.
But that doesn't mean millions of records and that doesn't mean Tegan and Sara with boob jobs on the cover of Maxim, even if we are giving the finger. Spin says that although they were once a "Wicca-folk nightmare," So Jealous is "indie pop bliss" and "a self-defence guide for smart girls in an emo boys' world.
Among the choice lines is this summary of "Walking With a Ghost": The whole exchange is excellent, but this excerpt really stands out. That's the damn truth. And they're sexist. Here's the sexist, homophobic NME — they talk about us being lesbians, our hairstyles… oh there's one half-sentence that talks about the music, and then there's the thing about us hating cock.
I mean there, that's pigeonholing. With regards to the NME, Sara points out that it wasn't just the review that upset them, but the way their team reacted, saying, "They're jerks, just ignore it. Fuck that. It's not just the targets of misogyny and homophobia that should be offended. Everyone around us should be just as angry and horrified as we are — that behaviour lowers things for everybody. And apathy contributes to the problem.
I didn't know whether to cry or to bludgeon her. There is no accountability. It can be lonely out there. We've had people write, 'Oh, I love this record, but you just really want to fuck them. It's just a different world that men and women live in. It's a more melancholy, contemplative pop affair than So Jealous, but overall the songs are stronger, with more emotionally complex themes and arrangements. Tegan is grappling with the end of a five-year relationship the wistful heartbreaker "Call It Off" , whereas Sara is coping with immigration issues with her partner and Tegan and Sara's creative director, Emy Storey the sweetly hopeful "I Was Married".
According to BuzzFeed , the twins are also grieving the death of their grandmother, who had helped raise them. Sara tells MTV that she "feels much more confident with the new album," that it's a more dynamic and cohesive effort than So Jealous.
And for the most part, critics agree. But even reviews that are mostly positive still skew terribly weird, such as famed critic Robert Christgau's writing for Rolling Stone.
The album receives three-and-a-half stars, but begins: This may be why their uncommonly detailed love songs are so short on drama — a riddle worth pondering, because their keyboard-heavy, New Wave-ish music is also uncommonly catchy. Of course, The Con is chock full of drama, but aside from that, Tegan and Sara are songwriters.
Not every song is specific to their lived experiences. And as musicians, as storytellers, all Christgau reveals in this review is the fact that he's always going to put "lesbian" before music.
Descriptions that are jarring, kind of desperate in a desire to be controversial or shocking or "funny" are not the exclusive domain of male rock critics. Pitchfork's review , written by Jessica Suarez, opens with "Tegan and Sara should no longer be mistaken for tampon rock, a comparison only fair because of the company they kept. They are both strong advocates, for whom the political and personal cannot be separated. That's something Sara's wife, Storey, reflects on via a email interview with The Coast.
However, there's a lot of education that needs to be done. In a small way, we are challenged by helping friends and colleagues unlearn sexist and homophobic behaviour they don't even know they have.
The newlyweds are separated by the time the Quins tour Europe that winter, "and I was totally alone for the first time in a long time," Sara tells BuzzFeed. There are three bus accidents during the tour, and on February 29 in Glasgow, the sisters have a physical fight.
Sara says they have hit "rock bottom. That was screaming, fighting, pushing, punching: Band's done. I feel ashamed of how badly Tegan and I treated each other.
We were totally without the tools to get through what was happening to us. Previously, each had worked on their own songs and sent demos either via email, post office or leaving a package on the other's doorstep.
The massive transition in their personal lives — endings and beginnings, upheaval and success, their own near implosion — is catalogued here. Tegan tells Exclaim! The inverse is true for her sister. This is her Con in a way, her very ripped-apart, analyzing record. The album's urgency comes from an organic place, too, with Chris Walla back in the producer's seat, alongside Howard Redekopp, spurring Tegan and Sara into a sort-of disciplined, repetition-induced madness.
A Exclaim! He wanted the album to be more organic and collaborative, in the vein of their New Orleans experiment, retaining the intimacy of The Con but with an in-the-moment spark. He insisted Tegan and Sara play their demos with a band, live off the floor, plus times, letting them evolve into true-blue band songs. Both twins coped differently.
According to blog posts, it was common for Tegan to wear a bat mask and call herself 'Bategan. Sainthood's by far the most collaborative record we've ever done, and that's really exciting. It is also shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. These five years are also marked by other professional highs and lows together and apart. Among the lows: That was exactly what we were looking for, we wanted to have an organic growth, we didn't want somebody to come in and style us up, and put us in the studio with really fancy producers and then not be ready to do it.
I think that the best records are made when it's time to make them. The lead single, "Closer," is released in September, , four months before the album's release in January, , and is everywhere. The twins are suddenly on stage performing their hit with Taylor Swift and opening up for Katy Perry.
It's a massive reinvention that's been methodically in the works their whole careers. It's a testament to the people flooding towards us right now. It's really nice. You're on the countdown. You're next. You're the next song on the countdown. It's really happening!
I'm experiencing the bewilderment of hearing our song next to One Direction! Like, cool, we're getting more radio spins. But I don't actually experience it very often, but it happened and it was embarrassing to me. Try to sing in key. Yes, jump up and down.
There is a little, with one track fitting in the same realm. We are definitely wary of saying dance. We are not a dance band. Even "Closer" has a rocking vibe. Our influences are more pop- and rock-based. It is definitely a pop record out of everything we have ever done but at its core it's still quintessential Tegan and Sara. It is love songs, heartbreak, emotion and romance.
I think every single song on the record could be stripped down to an acoustic guitar. It is a current record with '80s and late-'90s elements thrown in as well. Racine Ave. For more on the two, try www. There's also a separate show Wed. Addison Ave. Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
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Are you and your Cali friends optimistic about the decision? In the election, we thought it would just be thrown out.
It's hard right now. But I feel like things are changing and I feel like this has been a really really big couple of weeks. Most people seem to think DOMA will be struck down. That was the one, when I read the transcripts from the hearings, that I felt the most irate about. Tegan, you told me last time that you and your partner, even though you could marry in Canada, chose not to until your American friends had the same right. Shannon Stewart for Fuse Tegan: Yeah, as a gay person, but also as someone who lives in America part-time, I'm really sensitive to this topic.
When she came off stage she basically just laid down on the grass and some Lollapalooza employee came over with a bucket of ice and just poured it on top of her. And she had to be taken back to the hotel room. Oh my God. Are you in L. So you live in both places? I coexist. I have an apartment there [L. So we kind of have to have two lives, because she needs to work there. So I have grown accustomed to, and have discovered the things I like about L.
So is the new record done? Yeah, we have one song left to mix and then we master at the end of the month. Yeah, it should be good.
But I also think it will polarize people. In one of the Carpool episodes, one of you guys alluded to that difference in the sound of this record. I cannot make the same record twice anymore. So—same-sex marriage.
Even as a gay person, for a long time not much of my life was consumed by this. Was that a big thing to you? For sure. Someone like that to come out and saying this is something we should all have, that it so important. In their heart of hearts, no Republican to the left of Rick Santorum cares.