Drinking Arnold Palmers in an upscale Los Angeles burger joint, Tegan and Sara Quin have just been slipped a love note: a folded napkin delivered by the waiter, from a trio of young fans sitting nearby.It's a fitting tribute to the Canadian sister duo ahead of its eighth studio album, , the people and conversations that inspired the songs. Tegan: We reference a lot of ‘90s stuff—it’s funny because everyone’s picking up on the ‘80s vibes, but we actually used a lot of ‘90s keyboards.
Sara: I think new things either really excite people or they really stress them out.
Once you know and like something, it’s hard to force yourself to change and accept whatever come with that change.
It takes a little bit of extra work but for us, if we didn’t change it, we’d be so bored.
I don’t know how I could bear getting onstage and playing some of those songs the way we’ve played them for 14 years. Sara: With Tegan it’s usually clarification: she’s like, “This is too busy” or “Get to the chorus, don’t bore us.” Whereas I think more about what is the song saying and is it a new message.
It’s our job as artist to make the change as pleasurable as possible. It’s about finessing them so that before people ask themselves if they’re okay with it, they’re finding themselves really enjoying it.
That’s a skill set we’ve built over our entire career and we can now work with people who can help us change without alarming anyone.