I had a conversation a while back with a colleague of mine, an accomplished musician himself, where he stated that the first song of any performance, inevitably, is a throw-away. I don't know that I necessarily agree, but poorly executed, that initial piece can ruin the rest of the act. The first song has now become my personal measuring tool to determine the quality of show I am about to see. According to this rule, Tegan and Sara's performace was among the best that I've seen this year, and the crowd seemed to agree.
The duo have been touring since July in promotion of their new album, The Con, produced by the Northwest's own, Christopher Walla. Seattle was their fourth sold out show in a row (and they're off to yet another sold out show at the Ballroom in Portland tonight). It was refreshing to hear their new material, yet comforting to discover that although their sound has continued to mature, it still bears that signature Tegan and Sara spirit.
Commenting on their "twin-ness" has become something of a cliche, but it's so for a reason. The matching haircuts, matching faces, matching voices. My ears are dizzy. Like the way twins are often more coherent when finishing each other's sentences then when speaking on their own, Tegan and Sara's music just wouldn't have the same power without the other. The harmonies come in waves, and it's hard to tell where one voice begins and the other ends.