It was just very specifically what I was interested in, and the type of opportunities that I was trying to achieve for us. I wasn't like, “There should be 10,000 people.” It was just that we had always grown, every record, and I felt we had sort of, kind of, “OK, we sustained.” What I realized was that we hadn't just plateaued or sustained with our audience. But when we are playing instruments, we realize how fun it is, and how interesting it is.
If you’ve been following Tegan and Sara since their debut album, 1999’s Under Feet Like Ours, you know they’re the type to make you love them to death.
' I feel so torn about it, because I don't want to seem like a jerk." Quin assured the interviewer she loves weddings, saying "I'm the best wedding person.
It's about the early days of dating someone where you really like them and you want to make it official," the 35-year-old twin said.
Over breakfast earlier this month, we used each of the new album’s 10 tracks as jumping-off points to discuss all sides of Tegan and Sara: politics and process, the changing industry and how they stay healthy, and, finally, the mutual respect and ambition that has enabled the sisters to, as Sara puts it, “elevate ourselves to satisfy each other.” And in between their answers, hear four brand-new remixes of “Boyfriend,” debuting here today. As Canadians, there's an enormous amount of what Bernie talks about that resonates with us, but I do feel that Hillary is inevitable. That’s not good for your audience because your audience wants to see you challenging yourself. Like, you have never been broken up with or you haven't had someone die suddenly or you haven't had the shock of parent being diagnosed with a disease or you haven't done these things.
If it’s anyone, Hillary Clinton is “that girl” right now. We actually met President Bill Clinton couple years ago in Toronto — we did an event for him. Tegan and I have had 17 years of adult experience where we have had to live through amazing highs and incredible lows.
SARA: Some of the things we're making, it seemed to me anyways, that Tegan was a bit disappointed with the trajectory after The Con. We didn't see a tremendous amount of growth in terms of our careers, and Tegan has started to sort of see us being held back somehow. She wanted to be on the same level as some of her friends who were in bands that were bigger than us, and she was like, “Why can't we have a bigger goals, and why can't we be more ambitious? And it was very difficult to express it to Sara, and especially to our managers, that I was disappointed. Like I remember the show we had The Talk, it was in London and we were playing in front of thousands of people. It's just about hang on to the night, hang on to the people around you. TEGAN: In terms of what happens next, we definitely have been feeling this confidence and we've been really good about where things are at, but we have also been feeling like — the other night when we played our show in New York, we opened acoustically and we closed it acoustically and it was really enjoyable.
” And I think tended to hold us back from a lot of those things. And so in a weird way we both sort of elevated ourselves in order to satisfy the other. It wasn't disappointing that it was thousands people. I would be standing on stages just playing the song that I wanted to write and the way that I wrote it. We don't play as much instrumentation onstage anymore, which allows us to sing better and sing more.
They’re Western Canadians by birth, but years ago Sara Quin headed east, to live in Montréal and New York, leaving the territory left of the Continental Divide to sister Tegan.