Canadian twins Tegan and Sara Quin return to Milwaukee on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Marcus Amphitheater's side stage. The last time they performed here was on March 25, 2010, at the Riverside Theater.
This time, the sisters Quin are on tour with fellow pop punkers / emo rockers Paramore, as well as New Found Glory and Kadawatha. The bands are on tour together until the end of September.
Recently, I interviewed Tegan and asked her a few Qs. Just like the last time we spoke, she was genuine, likable and insightful.
OnMilwaukee.com: So how's the tour?
Tegan Quin: It has been really good. We haven't opened for anyone in a long time -- it has been five years -- so it's fun to open the show and just play for an hour.
OMC: Are you working on a follow-up album to "Sainthood?"
TQ: Yes. We're also working on a DVD right now that we hope will come out by the end of the year.
OMC: And you're releasing a vinyl box set on Aug. 31. Are you a big record fan?
TQ: Yes, we really have an appreciation for vinyl and are very pro the resurgence of it. My mom and stepdad were into it and so we grew up with it and have always done a small run of vinyl.
I recently spoke to my stepdad and he's shipping me all of his vinyl from the late ‘60s to the early ‘90s, so I'll get it around the same time we're releasing our vinyl box set.
OMC: Is there any new material in the box set?
TQ: Yeah, there are some previously unreleased demos.
OMC: "Sainthood" was a collaborative writing effort between you and Sara, more so than your other albums. Do you think the next album will be as collaborative?
TQ: Yeah, we've continued to collaborate a lot and send songs back and forth to each other. I really like the process.
OMC: What do you do during your down time while on tour?
TQ: We're kept pretty busy with in-store appearances and such, but also, we read a lot and bike a lot. We have more time than usual because on this tour we don't have a soundcheck every day so we have been able to keep up with friends and family. And this is a big tour involving more than 100 people, so it has been a lot of socializing and Scrabble playing.
OMC: Who is better at Scrabble, you or Sara?
TQ: Well, Sara's quite good. She's very competitive, too. We've been playing for five months almost every day. And I just bought a game called Bananagrams -- have you played it? --it's like Scrabble but a little more free form. I plan to break it out at anytime.
OMC: A lot of your fans are young adults, are you feeling more of an age gap between yourself and your fans considering you and Sara will turn 30 next month?
TQ: Not really. I can relate to a lot of the people at our shows and at the meet-and-greets. I deal with the fan mail and I'm still feeling about our fans like I always have: that a lot are our age but also, our fan base is really mixed. I have noticed more guys to in the audience lately, too.
During this tour, Sara and I ask the audience "Who here is over 30?" and half the place claps. But we know there are a lot of young fans, too, and Sara and I focus on being good role models.
OMC: I know you are in a serious relationship. Do you two think about motherhood?
TQ: I think about it as a concept. And we all have that moment "that would be fun," but I'm in a serious relationship and she's an American so things are really complicated already. We have to talk unromantic topics about residency.
My mother and stepfather never married, even though they were together for 13 years. My stepfather adopted us, so adoption pops into my head, too.
OMC: You and Sara are always quite chatty on stage. Do you feel as comfortable on stage as you appear?
TQ: People never believe this, but we're actually really shy. In our regular lives, if you take us out of our element and plop us in a convenience store or party where we don't know anyone we're actually very awkward and socially inept.
On stage, we flourish. We figure that you must like us, because you bought a ticket. I have insecurity on stage about silly things. If people yell something, I assume it's bad. If someone gets up to go to bathroom, I think they think the show is boring. I have battled with this for 12 years even though I know it's insane being on stage and worrying like this.
I think our naturalness on stage is truly in the hands of the audience. If they are kind, we will play and play, but if not, we'll get the hell off.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
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