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"Ghost" Took Pressure Off Tegan And Sara's Follow-Up

Of the Oakland Press

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The Canadian sister duo Tegan and Sara certainly engendered a bit of envy as their 2004 album “So Jealous” made a significant footprint in the pop world — particularly via the single “Walking with a Ghost.”

And the way that success happened mitigated some of the pressure on the group as it made its new album, “The Con.”

“It was during our time off that things got bigger, when we actually were off the road,” says Sara Quinn, 26, who wrote “Walking With a Ghost.” “We were like, ‘Wow, our MySpace is really out of control. People are still playing the song.’ And then we had TV shows, like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ still playing our music.

“So there was less pressure to make (‘The Con’). Sometimes when you’re off the road, you think, like, ‘Geez, people are gonna forget about us. Let’s hurry!’ But this time, it was like, ‘This is great. People still think we’re active,’ so we had plenty of time to write the songs, demo them, explore how we really wanted the album to be.”

“Walking with a Ghost” enjoyed additional life thanks to Detroit’s White Stripes, who covered the song and released it as a single in December 2005. Quinn says she thought the duo’s version of her hit was “super cool” and still buzzes with the memory of drummer Meg White playing it for Quinn and her sister when they were in town for a concert.

“Somebody told us they were playing it live, and someone else said they were going to record it,” Quinn recalls. “We were kind of honored, and then Meg came down with a recorded version of it, which will be forever linked in my mind with the experience of getting to meet her.

“That was definitely a cool part of that cycle for me, having people you think of as peers but also people you really look up to and think are amazing ... the fact they would think some tiny song I wrote was interesting just freaked me out.”

Tegan and Sara perform at 8:30 p.m. Monday (August 6th) at the Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 963-9800 or visit www.livenation.com. The duo returns November 28th to play 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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