Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quinn did something on their new album, “Sainthood,” that they haven’t done in the 15 years they’ve been recording — wrote songs together.
The Canadian duo, best known for its 2004 hit “Walking With a Ghost,” held a joint writing session before hitting the studio for their sixth album, and one of their songs, “Paperback Head,” made it onto the album while the other material, according to Tegan, wasn’t of the same caliber. And, she adds, they did learn that their writing styles were not particularly compatible, with Sara by far the more “meticulous” of the two.
“It was really boring more than anything,” Tegan, 29, says. “It’s really boring watching somebody write a song, playing the same guitar parts over and over and trying to hammer out an arrangement. I found it sort of unrewarding, but it was really neat, too, to see how the process works for each of us.
“And I felt proud we were able to do it without being arrested or killing each other.”
The sisters aren’t ruling out more writing in the future, however. In fact, they’ve continued to collaborate — just working in different places.
“We’ve been sharing files and sending MP3s back and forth and collaborating that way,” Tegan says. “We find it easier. There is definitely a project in the future that will just be Tegan & Sara collaborating on songs ... But I think a record written solely as Tegan & Sara songs would sound very different than anything we’ve done before.”
Tegan & Sara and Steel Train perform Saturday, March 27, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com. Tegan & Sara will also be part of the Honda Civic Tour, which stops Aug. 15 at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Ticket details are forthcoming.
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