”When we first started out in the [music] industry, people would try to define our relationship or talk about our relationship.
It was almost like people would tell the story about how we have been.” The Canadian band Tegan & Sara — fronted by lesbian identical twins but also including other non-related supporting musicians — are not, as Tegan puts it, an ”overly twin-y band.” The band’s 29-year-old leaders have worked hard to keep the focus on the music, characterized by tight vocal harmonies, clever lyrics, cute melodies and generally playful pop sensibilities, with the occasional spark of punk heat.
Lots of twins and lots of gay people apparently.” The Quin twins were closer before their teenage years, says Tegan. ”We were really nervous kids, so we really banded together [after the divorce] and we really loved each other and looked out for one another until we got to our teens.
I’m dating a woman.’ Tegan didn’t come out right away — she was still dating a guy.” ”I never really thought about it,” Tegan says.
”But then I thought, ‘Well, Sara’s gay, so I must be.’ I felt like because our family was so progressive and our friends were so progressive, it was really easy not to have to say one way or the other.
Among other festivals over the years, from Lilith Fair to Coachella, the band performed on the 2008 True Colors Tour, which stopped at DAR Constitution Hall. ”We were definitely in each other’s social circle, but we didn’t completely rely on each other,” says Sara.
The youngest – eight minutes behind Tegan – Sara was the first to own up to her sexuality. ”I was involved with a girl all through high school, and Tegan knew that,” says Sara. It didn’t seem weird as a teenager to not talk about it.