We know what you’re thinking: They’re gay and Canadian … great. Actually, neither of these contribute greatly to Tegan and Sara’s sonic integrity; it’s just that obnoxious music types like us feel the need to attack easy targets (especially the Canadian thing). Between their Lilith-Fair / Ani DiFranco-ish beginnings and their present manicured power-pop delivery, the sister’s Quinn must be doing something right. After being discovered by Neil Young, they were hand-picked to open for the likes of Chrissie Hynde, Ryan Adams, and Rufus Wainwright. Their latest album, So Jealous, is a well-crafted, punky, pop-y, low-fi gem, produced in part by the New Pornographers’ David Carswell, with musical contributions by Matt Sharp (Weezer, the Rentals). Even mainstream garage Goliath’s like the White Stripes covered T&S’s “Walking With a Ghost” and screwed it up.
A T&S show should include folksy but gutsy acoustic duets, charged and catchy garage pop and, of course, their infamous onstage banter. Rumor has it these yummy twins can get a bit blue during their act. Behave, ladies – don’t make us discipline you.
Article originally appeared in the Orlando Weekly, November 24-30 2005