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Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie rock duo that formed in 1995 out of Calgary.  The group is composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin who both play guitar, keyboards and co-write their songs together.

Tegan and Sara began palying guitar and writing songs at age 15 and formed a band called “Plunk” without a drummer or a bass player.  In 1997, they used their schools recording studio to record two demo albums, “Who’s in Your Band?” and “Play Day.”  In 1998, they won Calgary’s Garage Warz competition which allowed them access to an actual recording studio which they used to record their first professional demo, “Yellow Tape,” which was later followed by “Orange Tape” and “Red Tape.”

In 1999, they released their debut album, “Under Feet Like Ours,” independently under the name “Sara and Tegan.”  Two songs from “Red Tape” appeared on the album and two from “Orange Tape.”  They later changed their band’s name to “Tegan and Sara” because it was easier to pronounce and because they wanted their name to stand out amongst the other “Sara” musicians at the time such as Sarah McLachlan and Sarah Slean.  They reprinted their first album under the name “Tegan and Sara.”  Neil Young’s manager signed them to Young’s Vapor Records label and they released “This Business of Art” through Vapor in 2000.  They have toured extensively since then.  In 2002, the band released their third album, “If It Was You.”  Their fourth album, “So Jealous,” was released in 2004 and led to greater success.  This album was released through Vapor and Sanctuary Records.  One track on the album, “Walking with a Ghost,” was covered by “The White Stripes,” who released it on their “Walking with a Ghost” EP.

Their 2007 album, “The Con,” was released by Vapor and Sire Records but not through Sanctuary be they chose to no longer release new music in the United States.  The album was co-produced by Chris Walla and featured many collaborations with artists such as Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Sharpe of The Rentals and previously Weezer, Hunter Burgan of AFI and Kaki King.

On October 27, 2009, Tegan and Sara released their sixth album, “Sainthood,” which was produced by Chris Walla and Howard Redekopp, as well as a three-volume book set titled “ON,” “IN,” “AT,” which is a collection of stories, essays, journals and photos of the band on tour in America in the fall of 2008, writing together in New Orleans and touring Australia.  “Sainthood” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums at number 21 selling 24,000 copies in its first week.  The song “Paperback Head” appeared on the album and was the first song that both Tegan and Sara wrote together.  Spin Magazine gave “Sainthood” four out of five stars and wrote, “Tegan and Sara’s music may no longer be the stuff of teens, but its strength remains in how much it feels like two people talking.”

Tegan and Sara started recording their seventh studio album, “Heartthrob,” on February 20, 2012.  The first single, “Closer,” was released on September 25, 2012.  The album was released on January 29, 2013 and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts at number 3, the band’s highest charting record to date selling 49,000 copies in its first week.  “Heartthrob” debuted at number 2 on the Canadian chart, digital download chart and hit number 1 on the rock and alternative album charts.  In July, 2013, the album was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Tegan and Sara do have a unique style about their music.  It carries an almost conversational tone often discloses personal emotions and feelings one or the other is feeling, giving each song a very personal touch.  The band is also unique in many ways, not just because both sisters in it are identical twins but because they are openly gay as well with each having a respective girlfriend.  I’m all for uniqueness and if Tegan and Sara can continue to deliver like they did with “Heartthrob” then I say that I can’t wait to see what their next album will bring.

Check out some of Tegan and Sara’s biggest hits below.

 

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