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Twins Say Partnership Is "Bigger Than Just Music"

Of the Oakland Press

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The sisters that play together stay together — even, if in the case of the Canadian duo Tegan and Sara — they do it from different cities.

Tegan Quin resides in Vancouver, while her twin Sara makes her home in Montreal. But Sara says they still trade sound files over the Internet, experiment with parts on each others’ songs and bounce ideas and suggesting off of each other.

“We collaborate that way,” Sara explains. “People are like, ‘You must not get along (because) you use computers ...’ We bicker over different elements, but that’s more of a work thing. Music is one of the things we rarely argue about.”

However, Sara says that after a dozen years of making music together — starting in their native Calgary — the sisters have learned “different approaches to critiquing each other, which continued on their latest album “The Con,” the follow-up to 2004’s breakthrough “So Jealous” and its hit single “Walking With a Ghost.”

“I think Tegan is open to more criticism,” Sara, 27, says. “She can be more sensitive and responsive. I just don’t want the criticism,” she adds with a laugh. “I don’t open myself to it.

“But we know this band is bigger than just music. This is Tegan’s and my life. We’re supporting each other 100 percent, all the time. We have a vision for where we want things to go. And we can take pride knowing that, even if I wrote ‘Walking With a Ghost’ or it’s 10 of Tegan’s songs and two of mine on an album, we’re both part of the process.”

Tegan and Sara and Northern State perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 28) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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