Tegan and Sara, we Love You to Death
Tegan and Sara named their 2017 Juno-nominated album Love You to Death, but ladies, it’s we who love you to death.
It’s like the planet’s water supply has been spiked with a stiff batch of love potion No. 9. Everyone is love drunk and under the influence. Celebrities too.
Superstars Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are both head over stilettos and each have demonstrated that love by inviting the singing sisters to share the stage with them.
The support around the world has been astounding, Tegan tells me in a phone interview. And for that, they are grateful.
“We’re so thankful. All we ever hoped for was that our music would touch people and that audiences would connect with us,” she says.
Well, Tegan and Sara got their wish.
The siblings initially hooked the world with their 2013 breakthrough album Heartthrob. The hit record won the duo three 2014 Juno Awards including Group of the Year. The lead single “Closer” scored the Juno for Single of the Year and made the No. 1 spot on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
Three years later Tegan and Sara reeled us all in with Love You to Death. To add some muscle to their pull, Tegan and Sara called on producer Greg Kurstin. The man is a hit machine. Greg has collaborated with Adele, Sia, P!nk, Ellie Goulding and Kelly Clarkson, but more importantly, he worked with Tegan and Sara on Heartthrob.
Now the band is nominated for three 2017 Juno Awards, including Group of the Year.
Love You to Death’s lead single, “Boyfriend,” earned Tegan and Sara a nomination for Songwriter of the Year thanks to the tune’s twinkling synths, pulsating beat, infectious melody and lyrics that sound like a diary entry:
You treat me like your boyfriend
And trust me like a very best friend
You kiss me like your boyfriend
You call me up like you want your best friend
You turn me on like you want your boyfriend
But I don’t want to be your secret anymore
If you’re familiar with Tegan and Sara’s catalog then you know that themes of love and heartbreak have been at the center of their music since the sisters started out in 1999.
“We do write about that a lot,” Tegan tells me. “When it comes to love, we’re not good at asking for what we want, so we ask for things through our songs. Relationships have always been the drama in our lives and the most difficult, challenging thing that we’re engaged in, so it’s natural that we write about it.”
And naturally, we relate to their every word.
Familiarity is a big part of the allure, that, and Tegan and Sara’s catchy melodies and sing-a-long hooks. But there is something else about the girls that is oh so charming. They have a special extra something that most acts don’t. Their sisterhood.
“We try to get away from the fact that we’re twin sisters in a band together, but we can’t. Ultimately that is what distinguishes us from other bands,” Tegan admits. “We have a leg up because we have each other.”
Tegan and Sara’s connection sparks like electricity between soul mates. It’s strong, forever and undeniably captivating. That’s what powers their spell and sucks us in.
“I feel very attached to Sara and I share everything with her. Sara is pretty intuitive and knows what’s happening in my life and I have a pretty good understanding of what she is going through too,” Tegan says. “If that’s the special twin connection they talk about, then we have that for sure. People can feel it and I think it pulls them in.”
Tegan and Sara are nominated for Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the 2017 Juno Awards airing Sunday, April 2 on CTV. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominees.