Interview with Tegan Quin

AfterEllen: I was excited to see you playing with Alkaline Trio on AOL. Have
you seen it yet?
Tegan Quin:

Yeah, I saw it a couple of days ago. They sent me a link and said
they were going live with it. I love those guys, they’re awesome.

AE: So cool to see you singing with
them. And Ryan Adams has covered you before, and the White Stripes. I wonder
why it is that so many men seem to cover Tegan and Sara?

TQ: I think it’s a big misconception that only girls listen to Tegan and Sara.
I think this is a way of correcting that by male musicians covering us. I’ve
never really heard of any girls covering us, not off the top of my head. It’s
mainly just been dudes, which is great in opening us up to different audiences.
It’s totally a nod to us, which I like, and I remember the first time that we
hung out with Matt Sharp. He told us, if you guys were dudes, you’d be famous.
And I’m just like "Really?" And he’s like, "Totally, this is a pop record. It’s
a hit."

But you’re girls, you’re lesbians, it’s just going to take you so much
longer because of all the social norms or whatever. I never really aspired to
be famous or rich, so, I think that, for me, it’s just kind of like we’ll take
it as it comes, and I think it’s really cool when people like to cover our
music, and it’s especially cool when they want to hang out with us.

AE: That’s funny. The only male twins
that I can think of that sing are Evan and Jaron, and the one dudes with really
long blonde hair that had a couple of hits back in the day …

TQ: Nelson!

AE: Nelson! You could have been the next
Nelson.

TQ: We’d be in good company. We’re all nerds.

AE: What is going to be different about
this upcoming tour, besides the fact that you’re playing some bigger venues?
How will the set list be different?

TQ: We’re going to change it up and put some older stuff back into the set. We
haven’t been playing four or five songs off The
Con
that we’ll probably put back in. We’re going to change it up a bit. We
have two or three songs that we have requested every single time we play for 10
years now, so we’re going to have the other support acts learn them, and then we’ll
come out and perform them with them. We’re hiring a lighting director who
should be creating a cool light show for us. It should be really cool!

AE: That’s funny because one of the last
times I saw you was at a tiny theater before your last album came out, and the
lights kept going out on the stage.

TQ: Ridiculous. I like to think we’re not the kind of the band that needs a big
light show, but apparently we do. That was annoying.

AE: What’s the worst thing that’s ever
happened to you on stage? Is that the worst or are there plenty more?

TQ: Oh God. That wasn’t bad, that was kind of funny. I mean, we played in L.A.
at the beginning of this record and someone threw gum on stage. I think the
worst thing is that Sara just can’t let s–t go. Sara was like "Get
them!" and everyone was turning around and pointing at [the person who
threw the gum], and they were like proud of themselves. And Sara’s like,
"Are you serious? Twenty thousand people here, and you decide you’re going
to throw gum on the stage and be proud of it? You’re going to get your a–
kicked, are you serious?" My sister can’t let sh-t go. Some girl gave us
the finger out on stage the other night, and she wouldn’t stop talking about
her. She just has the worst temper of all time. She was just berating her, and
finally I was like, off the mic, and said, "Why don’t you stop? Just leave
it alone; let’s play the song." And she was all like "f–k you"
or whatever, and afterward she proceeded to rip me and everyone around me a new
a–hole, about how we weren’t supportive and I was f—ed up, and it was bullsh-t.
Who f—ing cares?


AE: Maybe she’s getting you back for always bringing up how she fainted at
Lollapalooza.

TQ:
You’re right, you’re totally right. But that was funny. Looking back, most
of the things I thought were crappy ended up turning into a really funny story.

AE: Yeah, because you’re not like a
silent band that just gives someone the eye and continues on.

TQ: Yeah, and have it ruin the night. We just make it into a big production and
everything is all right.

AE: And then everybody puts it on
YouTube and on the Tegan and Sara LiveJournal forum.

TQ: We were wondering if that night when the girl gave us the finger made it to
YouTube because the best part was I screwed up on a song at one point, and I
blamed it on the girl. I was like, "Sorry!" She was still doing it
and everyone kind of booed at her. I said, "Everyone look at that girl for
screwing me up," and everyone on cue turned around and gave her the middle
finger. It was so funny, and I was like, I wonder if that made it on YouTube!

AE: Wow, it probably did. You guys
definitely have some dedicated fans. Speaking of, you guys were on
AfterEllen.com’s hot list at #67, together, Tegan and Sara together. What are
you going to do to boost it up next year?

TQ: Who were the 66 people in front of us? Are there 66 hot lesbians?

AE: Well, Leisha was number one last year. I guess they’re mostly older ones.

TQ: How do we boost ourselves up on the list? I guess get older!

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