The most 90s of all, however, is how much time the twins spend on the telephone. Friendships, love affairs and messy personal sagas all take place over a shared landline. Today, Tegan and Sara Quin are calling separately from their homes close to each other in Vancouver to explain why they have decided to revisit their adolescence in great, probing detail. To listen to them chatting away down the line is apt. It brings the book so vividly to life that I almost find myself twirling an imaginary cord around my finger. The Quins were supposed to have a break after they finished touring their album, Love You to Death , but they quickly grew bored of the down time.
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up in Calgary, Alta., Tegan and Sara embarked on a music career together when they were To date, they have sold over a million albums.
The audience cheered, and Sara Quin scoffed. The adults who love her band, listening to her speak in , treated her like a hero. As she told this story, it had the air of a myth being born—or rather, reborn. Teenagedom might be the phase of life most vividly signposted by pop culture, which has coughed up uncountable tales of bullies and outcasts, cheerleaders and quarterbacks, virginity anxieties and promposals, and so on.
Now the year-old Calgary twins fling open their teenage yearbooks for public consumption. In the new memoir High School , they trade off terse, reflective chapters about their adolescence. The focus on high school may seem strange for adults midway through their career.
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Tegan and Sara Rewrite the Queer Coming-of-Age Story and they may be particularly baffled by dating rituals shaped by the imperative to that the band perfected on their popular breakthrough album, Heartthrob.
But that was the moment where I was like, no, no, this really is cathartic to sing this, to scream on stage every night, and watch everyone else scream along. When I say exactly how I feel, it really seems to connect. Our musical director suggested doing it on piano, and it really transports me back to the first few times we played it live. I have to kind of not look because it makes me very sensitive.
Sara and I were both so obsessed with him liking the song enough to put it on his record that we both were writing on it. Our first four of five albums were really hard for me because I found it really difficult to be given feedback. I took any change as a criticism of the music I was making, so I found collaboration incredibly difficult, especially with Sara. If you could change the lyrics, would you? I welcome collaboration now.
It was the summer after they had graduated from high school, and the twins had decided to pursue music instead of going to university. The next day, they woke up to a three-page, front-to-back single-spaced letter from a friend of a cousin, a guy in his 20s, who congratulated them on the performance Told in alternating chapters from each of their perspectives, the book revisits the traumas and transformations of their acid-fueled dirtbag teen years, during which they discovered music and navigated their sexuality as young queer women in mids Calgary.
Tegan and Sara are both effusive about Kurstin’s role in the process. Product details. Audio CD (January 29, ); Original Release Date.
Tegan and Sara are not moving to St. Louis, they are just coming here to play The Pageant on October 22, but the identical twin sister co-bandleaders from Canada really understand this place from past visits. I really love that. She and her twin sister, who grew up in Calgary, are now living in the same city on the West Coast, Vancouver, rather than the middle of Canada, after straddling the continent for more than a decade while Sara Quin lived in Montreal.
To keep the band together, she said, they have learned new ways to communicate that are not twin sisters clawing at each other, yet the underlying bond of sisterhood also is critical to their longevity. But I am grateful to play in a band with Sara. I love the way she writes, and being in a band with her is really special. In recent years, they restructured more than their working relationship. Tegan and Sara made that big, bold pop break with Heartthrob Their new record, Love You to Death , continues with the big pop dance sound, but their business strategy has changed.
Enough with the support slots.
After going synth-pop on ‘s Heartthrob , Tegan and Sara team up once again with super-producer Greg Kurstin for the follow up. At their best, they boil love songs down to their aching essence. In , Tegan and Sara released their seventh album Heartthrob and immediately shot to a new level of fame. There’s a razor-fine line between populist and derivative, and theirs was a calculated risk that paid off—not only was the record critically and commercially successful, it contained some of Tegan and Sara’s best songwriting work to date.
After such an impressive and self-imposed breakaway, it’s a bit of a shame that their new album, Love You to Death , feels like a focused retread of its predecessor.
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The Canadian alternative pop duo returns to Milwaukee in support of “Heartthrob,” a slick album that marks a new chapter without betraying their old sound. Heartfelt Heartthrobs: Tegan and Sara Quin. Photo: Lyndsey Byrnes. Alternative pop sister duo Tegan and Sara spent the last decade charming audiences with their hook-laden and hyper catchy songs, first in their native Canada and eventually across the globe. As the band progressed, their sound became a bit more refined, with the band incorporating louder electric guitars into the mix.
Tegan and Sara will be returning to the Pabst Theater tonight, in support of their latest album Heartthrob. Tegan and Sara have progressed with every release. Heartthrob is no exception. While the band has always had subtle electro-pop leanings on various tracks in the past, Heartthrob focuses more intently on them, turning down the distorted guitars and live drums and turning up the synthesizers and programmed rhythms.
For the first time, the sisters actually wrote a lot of the songs together in the past there were Tegan songs and Sara songs , and they surrendered more control than usual in the studio, dividing songs between 3 producers Greg Kurstin, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and Mike Elizondo and a handful of outside musicians to capture the sound they were looking for. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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October 2nd by Mike Hilleary. Over the last few years, however—not counting a tenth anniversary celebration of their breakthrough album The Con in —the pair have remained relatively quiet. Until now, when they came to town to discuss the forthcoming release of not one, but two new creative undertakings. During the archaeological process of writing High School, the Quins rediscovered several long-lost tapes and early recordings, and impressed by the straightforward craftsmanship and lyrical honesty of what they had written all those years ago, were inspired to take the demos and filter their past work through their modern pop perspective, with twenty added years of experience.
Despite their very formal introductions and an identifying sense of style, I had a fear that I would somehow manage to mix them up during our conversation. When speaking with the pair, however, their personalities became perfectly discernible. Though born only a few minutes before Sara, Tegan gives off the air of an older sister. She is measured, self-assured. Sara, the younger, is unfiltered and assertive. Who would want to read about that? And when we finished our last record cycle, we really wanted to work, but not necessarily jump into a record.
And so we started brainstorming about the book. Within a few months, we had a few meetings and talks about it. And we came up with this idea that if we were truly going to write about our career, well, our career started in high school.
Surely not. Surely identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin who comprise the Grammy-nominated musical duo Tegan and Sara have better things to do than watch me splutter through questions about their personal lives between pints and pints of water until I am red in the face. To preface: Tegan and Sara are extremely important. Mostly, they kept adamantly doing things they way they wanted to until the mainstream eventually caught up with them – arms open, poised for embrace.
UK Release Date: Amazon · iTunes. The Canadian duo of Tegan and Sara kick off their seventh album Heartthrob with “Closer”.
As their profile has grown, the Quin sisters have also established themselves as significant queer voices in the music industry. Now, 20 years after they released debut album Under Feet Like Ours , Tegan and Sara are allowing themselves to reflect on their personal evolution. With both the book and album about to drop, I spoke to Sara Quin about the complicated and sometimes painful emotions she experienced while working on these projects.
Nick Levine: What did you learn about your teenage self from writing this memoir? Sara Quin: I think by the time we were finishing the memoir, I had such admiration for myself as a teenager. I was brave. I went out every day looking how I wanted to look even though people laughed at us — they said we dressed like garbage and that we were ugly. And I have such admiration for that person who did that and found other people who dressed like that and other communities who supported those ideas.
Do I want to dress like that now? But to look back and have love and affection for that version of myself is a very empowering thing. NL: In the book you and Tegan write so movingly about getting to grips with your sexuality — with being queer.