'SHEPHERD'S PI' INTERVIEW - TEGAN & SARA
The best thing about being able to breathe underwater is not the ability to discover submerged Romanesque cities populated with delicate mermaids who all look a bit like Lindsey Lohan – no, it’s the ability to use your gills as an impromptu CD rack for those awkward moments when you get caught short. Similarly, the best thing about being a twin is not the capacity for your Extra Sensory Perception to allow you to reach the latter stages of Super Monkey Ball on the Nintendo DS without losing a single life – no, its apparently being in a band with your sibling and creating one of the greatest albums of all time. Alas, the Nolan sisters are no more, but Tegan & Sara are more than capable of filling their slots. Welcome to another ‘Shepherd’s PI’ interview with a maths question at the end! I might just let them have the answer as T&S are a bit special to me.. anyway… READ!
JED: Twins are meant to possess ESP. Have you ever had an experience where you have read each other’s minds or successfully predicted the outcome of a Canadian sitcom?
TEGAN: Not as of yet; though I do pray for that gift every night! Sounds lucrative.
JED: Do you think the fact you don’t live in the same city helps towards maintaining a healthy working relationship?
TEGAN: Who said we had a healthy working relationship?
(*yes living apart forces us to miss one another)
JED: What’s the biggest fight you have ever had, and if cornered by a Prehistoric animal, which one of you would prove victorious?
TEGAN: Every fight feels pretty big and epic. We don’t really fight anymore. We are too old and tired to care. If a prehistoric animal cornered us we would use our ESP to find a non-violent solution!
JED: Your songs are getting covered all over the place. Who has done the best cover and who would you ideally like to cover you?
TEGAN: The only cover I have heard is the White Stripes. That was pretty amazing. I don’t think I know who I would want to cover us but as long as it’s someone we respect or a cover done respectfully its pretty great.
JED: If you had a time machine, whose songs would you go back and steal? I think you could pull off ABBA’s back catalogue pretty good.
Outfield- Lose your love
Bruce Springsteen- Anything
JED: I’ve read you prefer the song writing process a lot more than actually touring the finished songs. How come? Also what’s the worst song you have ever written and which one of you wrote it?
TEGAN: I like both. Touring and writing/recording. But there are things about both that are tough. Mainly its just a weird life. Leaving and waiting to leave. Killing time. Its weird. Worst song….Uh. Superstar. ME. More for me. ME. Well; basically anything off our first two records by me I hate.
JED: Undoubtedly, one day there will be a Hollywood movie about the pair of you. Who would you like to play each of you and wish storyline would you like them to embellish the most?
TEGAN: Alyssa Milano. She can play both of us. I would like them to embellish our writing process. Make us seem more prolific and dramatic so the end result balanced more with how we are in real life.
JED: Have you started writing/recording the follow up to the brilliant ‘So Jealous’ yet? If so what are you going to call it? If you don’t know, you are welcome to make it up and include my name in the title…
TEGAN: We will put your name on the list of potential titles. We have no name for the record yet but we are working on it. Our Demos went out to our producer and managers last week. Sara called it ‘Sleepless in Moncouver’. Cute. But never going to be the title to the record I assure you. We usually name the record once its done.
JED: Are you going to come play in the UK during your Spring tour? We miss you, you know..
TEGAN: We would love to spend more time in the UK. We intend on focusing more of our time there with the new record.
JED: THE MATHS QUESTION: In my class (I’m not really in school) , there are 99 students other than me. 50 of us play Football, 45 Basketball and 50 play Volleyball. Only 15 of us play all three games. Everyone plays at least one game. How many play only two games?
TEGAN: I was never good at math. I will never answer a question like that again. Sorry. :)
words: JedAUDIOJUNKIES - SEPTEMBER 2006