There's a relaxing of these old-fashioned ideas. So our goal is to make that performance feel and sound as good as possible. I hate going to shows where I'm like, "Uh, this sounds terrible." Or "Fuck, this doesn't sound like the record." Because there are only four people onstage making it, where the record has a hundred tracks on one song. One of the things that happened naturally in the photo shoot was that the makeup got a little more embellished than usual. But now I'm 35 and I'm much more comfortable with the idea. If we don't reinvent ourselves or our look or our stage, we'll go crazy. But it's the norm now that people augment their sound with tracks. At the heart of this, I think audiences want to hear music played a specific way. But what I think a lot of people are there for is a performance.At 35, Tegan and Sara Quin are only just experiencing their first moment of spooky twin connectivity. They’ll be more tolerant of a discussion on the subject with me today, however, as I have twin daughters myself (who are big fans, incidentally, and have drawn a picture for them).The day before we meet, Tegan started complaining that her right ring finger was hurting. They sit helpfully left-to-right in the order their names are written on their album sleeves, though it’s not so hard to tell the difference in the flesh."So now I'm asking, 'What does it mean, historically and culturally?' 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. We decided we could marry those two things together. And we really wanted something that played with the idea of gender and identity. When we started, we really didn't want to wear any. This morning I was talking to a guy I work out with who used to be the drummer in Godsmack. My attitude used to be if a human being doesn't play every note, people would think we're no good and it would devalue the music. When you're just alone with your cat all of a sudden, it could get pretty fucked up. Tegan was sending, like, 10,000 pictures of K-pop bands with a very modern, futuristic look, and then we talked about the bands and personas of the Seventies and Eighties like Bowie and Siouxsie and the Banshees. But we were talking about how Tegan and I were in the process of hiring backing musicians for the live shows and how I felt about backing tracks.
"As I've gotten older, because I'm queer and because it's suddenly really apparent how deeply unfair it was that gay people couldn't get married, I've had to reassess my feelings about marriage," she said, adding her family didn't put much emphasis on the status.They’re too enigmatic and forthcoming to hate outright, but the sisters are as much the album’s villains as they are its protagonists.It’s the silent partners on the receiving ends of their tantrums who elicit the most sympathy. Their eighth, Love You to Death, arrived this month, and it’s a summery blast of pop goodness. “But if you’d asked me first if we have telepathy I would have said, ‘No, you’re annoying, don’t even ask the question’.” The duo from Calgary, Canada, have been making albums for 17 years now.