Saturday, September 8, 2007

Tegan and Sara @ Amoeba Records

(Originally posted July 25, 2007: Ok! I know they're not from LA but they played here recently. Every once in a blue moon I'd like to feature bands that I really really like. So sue me!)




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"...begging 'ocean please, help me drown these memories'
all I need to hear is that you're not mine you're not mine... "
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So goes the lyrics from "Hop a Plane" from Tegan and Sara's fifth album, "The Con" which brought them AND me to Amoeba Records in Hollywood for their record release party. It was a packed house! A couple years ago, I caught them at the Wiltern opening up for another band and they certainly didn't dissapoint. When I mentioned to my friend we should get there two hours early, he thought I was nuts!! So did I but I really wanted to see Tegan and Sara up close. When we got there, to both of our surprise, the place WAS PACKED! (Did I mention we got there two hours early??) Uh…yeah…we walked around a few minutes and eventually found a spot upstairs looking down at the stage AND the madness!

Here's Tegan and Sara performing "Speak Slow" from the show.


Touring around for years in small clubs and venues, Tegan and Sara's fifth album will no doubt win them more fans and airplay – much to their pleasure OR displeasure. Tegan and Sara built a committed following during their early years in the indie-rock circuit with simple melodies and soft, catchy lyrics. As they tried to find their place and voice, their earlier songs, more often than not, mirrored their youth, growing up as two twin sisters from Canada. And their ability to weave memorable harmonies over toe-tapping rhythms are, no doubt, their strengths. Last years radio-friendly "Walking the Ghost" introduced them to the commerical masses and soon, their songs were heard on televison shows.

On their latest album, "The Con," Tegan and Sara has matured. The music more full and layered. Their lyrics more deep and powerful. Their strenghts can still be heard but times it by 10! My favorite? Or should I say my favorite new song, which I think will be everyone elses favorite new song is "Hop a Plane." A departure from most of their acoustic sounding and melodic songs, this song flat out ROCKS. They'll get a lot of haters out there for being too Poppy. But this song, with 1 min 45 sec running time, it's catchy chorus and electric hooks down to it's drum beats sort of borderline punk. (The beginning starts off like Rancid's "11th Hour.") And I like it!

I DARE YOU TO LISTEN TO 'HOP A PLANE' AND PROMISE YOU'LL BE HUMMING AT THE END OF IT! THIS IS ACTUALLY FROM AN APPEARANCE IN PORTLAND'S BAGDAD THEATER. ENJOY!



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