Tegan and Sara talk tours, records and fan appreciation

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Tegan and Sara Quin were given a very warm welcome as they performed at Mile One Monday evening. The twin-sister act from Calgary has been touring for roughly 14 years and had never stopped by the province. In an interview, Sara pointed out they have never done a proper tour this far east, then during their performance Tegan addressed this and said that they were in fact “losers” for not coming here sooner.

In an interview earlier this month, Sara noted her appreciation of the band’s fan base when discussing the tour. “I don’t think we’ve ever stopped being amazed that people come to see us play,” she said.

“(The fact) that they know the music, and they’re singing along, that never gets old. Especially now with being in a band for 10 years, and being in our 30s and putting out so many records, I’m just glad that people still care.”

Throughout the concert, Tegan and Sara played old favourites and crowd pleasers from previous albums, as well as multiple songs from their latest record, "Heartthrob," including their singles “I Was A Fool” and “Closer.”

"Heartthrob" is the girls' seventh studio album and has been long-listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

“The music scene has changed pretty dramatically since we first started touring and working,” Sara said. “(The internet) totally changed the way that we make music and communicate with fans.”

With over millions of views on their YouTube videos, great success on their album sales through iTunes and overall widespread promotion through their website and Facebook, Tegan and Sara have come a long way since their 1990’s garage band.

“We were teenagers in the mid-'90s,” Sara continued. “There was a vibrant music scene, we bought what was on the records and we went to see shows. The music scene has changed in so many ways since then, but I think it’s the really important stuff like the music community and the experience of seeing music that doesn’t change.

“Every single night we stand in front of a loving, wonderful crowd that cheers for us and that is probably the most satisfying, the most rewarding part (of being a musician),” Sara concluded.

Geographic location: Calgary

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