Canadian sister indie rock duo Tegan and Sara Quin, (better known as Tegan and Sara,) release their seventh studio album today titled “Heartthrob” and to celebrate its debut, here are a few things you might not know about this musical pair from Calgary.
1. They came out to their mother separately.
In an interview with The Advocate, Tegan recounted telling her mom she was gay after Sara had already come out, saying, “Our mom said, `Couldn't you both have come out at the same time?' She handled it with a lot of humour. She's always been supportive."
2. Katy Perry is a fan.
Taking to Twitter, Perry revealed her love for the band, writing, “Guys my current favourite song has a music video now: Closer by Tegan and Sara… so addicted.”
3. They’ve been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Nominated for Best Long Form Music Video for their live album/DVD “Get Along,” the pair will face off against artists like Esperanza Spalding, U2, Sade and tour mates Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show for the gramophone on Feb. 10.
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4. They know Andy Samberg.
While promoting their new album, the sisters sat down with Samberg to discuss what exactly makes a heartthrob. We totally think that the “Saturday Night Live” alum measures up.
“We have been huge fans of Lena Dunham for a while now, and have obsessed over her show ‘Girls’ since the very first episode,” they said. “So when we were approached to record a version of the Rolling Stone’s ‘Fool To Cry’ for the soundtrack of season 2, we were thrilled to be involved!!”
6. They have millions of viewers.
Tegan and Sara’s YouTube channel currently has over 22 million video views at press time with the most popular clip “Call It Off” accounting for almost four million of those views.
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7. They’ve performed the opening theme song for the CW series “One Tree Hill.”
During "One Tree Hill's" eighth season, show creator Mark Schwahn enlisted the help of various musicians to cover the show’s familiar opening theme “I Don’t Want To Be” by Gavin DeGraw in a variety of new ways.
Tegan and Sara are among artists like Augustana, Against Me and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy who put a fresh spin on the classic track.