By Jennifer Lynn
The last time Scotcampus caught up with Canadian duo Tegan and Sara Quin was almost a year ago, when the identical twins had just released the live album and DVD package Get Along. Said DVD went on to win the prestigious Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year, the girls released their single Closer which charted at number 9 in the Canadian rock/alternative chart, and they were invited to tour with The Killers. So just an average year really!
Here Tegan and Sara tell Scotcampus about performing live and their thirteen year career progression.
You’re touring with the Killers at the moment, and also doing a few of your own headline shows. How does it compare being the support act with a huge arena audience, to the headline act in a more intimate venue?
At this point in our career, thirteen years into it, I definitely prefer headlining over supporting. But I think if it’s the right band, and The Killers are definitely the right band, it can be a lot of fun.
It’s also really helping us promote our new record Heartthrob and expose us to a whole new audience. Which is why we agreed to do the dates!
What sets a Tegan and Sara live show apart from other artists’ gigs?
I think because we have been touring SO long our live show is a very fun affair. We like to talk to the audience and to each other on stage. The stories and anecdotes on stage are what really set our show apart from other shows. We also aren’t perfect. There is a lot of humour and fun in the show. I think fans of Tegan and Sara come see us every time we play in their town because they know it won’t be the same show as last time. No Tegan and Sara show is ever the same twice.
You released your first album back in 1999. How do you think your sound has progressed over the past thirteen years?
Well, I think over time we’ve just gotten better. Our songwriting is better, our voices are stronger, our abilities have had thirteen years to grow and perfect themselves. Also, the world has changed. What was popular in the late nineties has changed. The way we record, even the way we write has changed. So I think our records show a natural evolution. I think ultimately we’re still just songwriters, but each record reflects a bit of what was/is happening at the time we made it. Throughout the seven records and thirteen years though our voices are the consistent track that connects our work. Although even our voices have changed slightly they hold the whole project together. That and our stories. The songs each reflect chapters in our lives. That hasn’t changed either.
Do you find that your connection as twins helps you to work better together musically?
I definitely think the connection we have makes it easier to be in a band for thirteen years than it probably is for just any other band. I think we have a leg up in a way. Our voices work so well together and we are experiencing life in such similar ways. And we have the family bond to keep us working together towards a common goal. So yes, I guess being twins does help us.
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Your newest single Closer has a definite eighties vibe. Are there any other decades that have particularly inspired your music?
We were really influenced by the nineties. I think our earlier records reflect that era a bit.
What should we expect from new album Heartthrob?
Heartthrob is ten tracks. We collaborated on a lot of the songs, so there is a ton of vocal interplay, and a lot of vocals. We leaned towards piano and keyboard for a lot of the main melody lines, rather than guitar. I think it’s our strongest record sonically speaking. And I think the songs on the record are our most succinct and heart felt.
I think it’s a classic Tegan and Sara record. There is a split thematically on Heartthrob between romance and heartbreak. It’s definitely our brightest and most pop leaning record to date.
Tegan and Sara’s new album Heartthrob will be released in 2013