Identical twins, Tegan and Sara have mixed emotions about their forthcoming gig in India. They are nervous yet excited to perform. “In going to a new country, there’s always the fear that nobody knows who we are,” says guitarist and vocalist Tegan Quin, of the Canadian indie-pop band Tegan and Sara, who are set to perform in Mumbai tonight.
The duo, however, has been put to ease since the day they landed in the city. “When we landed in India, there were a few people who had flown in from Singapore to see us. The Internet has allowed people from across the world to listen to our music,” she adds.
Tegan and Sara are an edgy indie music outfit from Canada, who combine sharp vocals and choppy riffs to angsty songs about love, politics and sexuality. Barely 30, the duo has six albums to their credit and a calendar marked with over 200 touring days in a year.
“We started writing when we were 15 and released our first record when we were 19. Initially, our songs were filled with life experiences that happen in your ’20s,” explains Tegan. “We always joke around saying that our music is mini-pop, like the ’80s sound. We are inspired by Cyndi Lauper and Bruce Springsteen. Now we are also influenced by electronic music.”
Sure enough, their music has caught the attention of artistes like The Killers and Neil Young, with whom they toured in 2000. They have also caught the fancy of popular American band The White Stripes, who recorded a cover of the sisters’ song ‘
Walking with a ghost’
. Among their noted collaborations, the twins have been seen jamming with DJ Tiesto and Death Cab For Cutie’s Christopher Walla.
“We’ve been blessed to be able to tour with such talented artistes. They’ve been wonderful to us. It’s like a pinch-me moment, where we stand at the side of the stage thinking about how lucky we are,” adds Tegan, who will soon head with her sister to tour Australia and New Zealand with Jack Johnson.
At the gig tonight, Canadian alternative rocker Vivek Shraya will be opening for the twins. “Vivek is an old friend. I met him after he threw his CD on stage during a show, back in the early 2000’s. I thought he had an incredible voice and wrote beautiful songs. We met him at another show in Toronto and became instant friends.” The girls are sure that the night will be a riot, with a heavy dose of their signature onstage banter.
Besides touring, the twins are busy wrapping up a DVD project that will release in the spring-summer of next year. “We’ve been filming all year. The footage will include recordings from our tours in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and India,” reveals Tegan.