Sara: She makes a good sandwich, huh? It’s amazing how you can use the same ingredients but one sandwich won’t taste as good as any other.
Tegan: It’s all about placement… and she makes the thickest part the middle… and the pickle… God, it’s delicious. And that’s why we took her as our wife.”
Tegan: It was about giving away everything that I had in order to… go and have something nice… that I liked for real.
Sara: That was so vague – can you expand on that, Sarah Palin?
“I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled out. I had it done in Montreal and I didn’t get put under - only freezing. So not only did it fucking hurt, but I was awake. It was traumatizing. It was May in Montreal and it was really hot. I got sick from the codeine and I was barfing and my face was so huge. And I was so tense that I didn’t just have bruises on my cheeks - I had these bruises all down my neck and on my chest. I looked like I’d been in a car accident! It was fucked up. I got the video treatments and I was totally delusional and I read them. I liked them, but I wanted to do my own thing, so I wrote it.” - Sara talking about the video treatment
“Home for me is when I can walk from the bathroom around the house naked” - Sara
“I’m 28 years old, I don’t even like to look at photo albums from high school, it’s so unfortunate, like I should have been on an island from the ages 11-21” - Sara
“I think we are starting to figure out what we want to do with our lives; I think we’re getting it together. I don’t know if that means we’re getting better or we’re just getting docile in our old age!” - Tegan
“Sara is more of a cheap fighter because she tends to hit me with things, like the time she threw a trophy at me and it tore a chunk out of my leg. I’ve gotten her good a few times though. Like the time I pulled her jacket over her head and stood on her until she cried.” - Tegan
“Before I started playing music I felt like the only thing special about me was that I was a twin. Then when I started playing music I had this whole identity crisis where I thought that if I wasn’t a musician nobody would care about me. Last year was the hardest, just letting go of the fact that if I wasn’t a twin or if I wasn’t a musician I am still special. It makes it hard when one of the first things that people say to you is, ‘oh, my god, you’re a twin!’ and then with us it just goes into ‘you’re a twin - and you’re a musician!’ I started to really think that there was absolutely nothing cool about me except that I’m a twin. I can’t even help that, it’s not something I created! I take comfort in being a twin, there is something really exciting about the fact that there is someone in this world that looks just like me, who’s made up of all the same things as me. That’s really cool.” - Tegan
If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?
Sara: I’d be a dragon just because most people wouldn’t be a dragon cause they’re not very cuddly.
“I just finished two books: RentGirl, a graphic novel and Stiffed, which was about the portrayal of the post-WWII man. It’s a book about men and their relationships with each other. The lady who wrote it also wrote Backlash: The Undeclared War on Post-Feminism. I thought it would be interesting to read a book about men from feminist perspective. We’ve misinterpreted their behavior. I work with 90 percent men. I focus on my politics as a woman and being queer. It’s interesting hearing how men don’t have that community. It’s weird to say as a man that you need a movement. They have been made out to be the bad guy. It was really interesting.” - Sara
“Yeah, people throw underwear but usually it just feels really weird and kind of gross. The whole show I’m distracted by them and I just want to kick them off. We were playing in Cleveland and these really hot girls in the front row kept flashing Sara. I don’t even think they were gay, they were just really excited.” - Tegan
“The times are changing and this will not be an issue in 10 years. These ignorant politicians will soon be extinct and a new generation of open-minded, liberal, freethinking and less-regressed youth will be filling their places. Who are they to judge gay people as they kill, maim, starve and punish lesser countries around the world everyday? I’d say their sins are much worse than ours.” - Tegan, when asked about her feelings on Gerald Allan’s proposed bill to get rid of novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural.
“This next song is about when you get your heart broken and you try your best to glue it back together and you wake up one morning and you’re so happy because you realize, “Oh my God, the tape’s holding” - Sara
“Just for the record if I did that to her she would get my mom to call me and be like “You know Tegan has low self-esteem right now and it doesn’t help when you call her names on stage.” - Sara
“When we were living in Vancouver together, we wrote independently of each other anyway, so when I moved to Montreal the only thing that really changed was that instead of Tegan walking over and knocking on my door and me ignoring her and her leaving a package on my doorstep, she would send it to me and I’d pick it up at the post office.” - Sara
“When we were in grade six we watched a documentary on the seal hunts. We were doing an endangered species project at school and were asked to research one animal on the list. (I did bald eagles.) The hunters clubbing the seals and then skinning them was horrifying to witness. I do feel like there are alternatives to killing animals for food and materials. Just like the gas and oil industry, I feel like we are not moving quickly enough towards these alternatives.” - Sara
“We’re just trying to stay attached to our audience, ‘cause that is our major goal. Write music we like. Write music our friends like. Write music our family likes. Write music our fans like. Write music our label likes. We do believe that our label believes in us - they have proved it by not dropping us when they really could have. So it is our job, Tegan and Sara, to make sure we don’t alienate everyone who is with us right now. We are a pop band in an indie world and we want to grow out of that, eventually, but not right now. Now at the same time, we run into people that say “I never want you to get big and famous.” And I say, “You are basically saying ‘I want you to be poor and live in a 400-square-foot apartment.’ Please let us get bigger than that!” But that doesn’t mean millions of records and that doesn’t mean Tegan and Sara with boob jobs on the cover of Maxim, even if we are giving the finger. ” - Tegan
“We just don’t want to be like that. We want to pick and choose where we extend ourselves and who we group up with. It might seem incredibly controlling, but I don’t care enough about success and money to compromise… I just want to be able to leave every day feeling good. There are going to be days when you just feel crappy. But when you’re at a show and you have 200 fans smiling at you… And you think, “I could cry right now, I’m so happy.” - Tegan
“I don’t know, you people look like you probably have jobs. Oh you’re in school? Okay, that’s fine. *girl screams “No I’m unemployed”* You’re unemployed, I’m sorry… same thing… rhymes with school.” - Sara talking to the crowd in Germany
Tegan: There’s a whole bunch of bar bands in Vancouver that are looking for singers who like Korn.
Sara: Well just because you still have posters in your room of Korn doesn’t mean, you don’t need to deflect what you like onto me.
Tegan: I don’t have a “room” first of all, so there’s the first thing you got wrong.
Sara: Well your CD collection is still in 1996 so…
Tegan: Nothing wrong with the mid ’90s
Sara: I’m just saying…
Tegan: At least you can hear what they’re saying.
Sara: Okay grandpa.
Tegan: We love something together, and we made it together and we appreciate that and we’ll always have that bond…
Sara: It was a mistake, I should’ve worn a condom.
“Yeaaaah I don’t think we’re having roast tonight, they’re out… dammit.” - Sara
“In Canada it’s like, a commercial, “hockey night in Canada” and then Canadian Tire and then Home Depot “You can do it! We can help!” and it’s like here it’s just like “Do you have herpes?!” “Are you fat?!” “The War on Terror!”. It’s like… I feel fat, like I have an STD and that there’s an inner war going on inside of me.” - Sara