“I don’t think that it’s like that anymore,” Tegan, half of the Canadian duo said. “Our music is definitely at the top of the pile and that’s what people are mainly focused on.”
The two took in three Juno awards for their album Heartthrob this year and have been working on a new album, set to be released in 2016. Though music is very important, they do understand they are role models for many people.
“Although I do believe there will be a time in history where we don’t have to talk about being gay all the time, there are still so many millions of people all over the world who are living in countries and cultures that don’t accept gay people,” Tegan said. “We’re plagued by reading about these issues worldwide so for Sara and I think it will always remain a focus. We’ve accepted that that’s going to be a big part of what our band is – hopefully bringing hope and change to people everywhere.”
That being said, the two make sure to support causes that mean a lot to them, which are “youth stuff and LGBTQ stuff because that’s what we know.”
“And we like cats,” added Tegan.
“We do like cats,” Sara agreed. “Although we haven’t done a lot of stuff with cats. We’re really into gay cats right now.”
In Los Angeles, Tegan said there is a program that spays and neuters stray cats then releases them and they are generally able to survive on their own.
“Especially the gay ones,” Sara said. “They’re resourceful.”
Next month Tegan and Sara will be preforming in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square.
“We’re very excited and honored to be a part of the festivities,” Tegan said. “Toronto Pride was the first Pride we ever went to when we were 18 years old. It was really important to Sara and I, especially when we were coming out. We’re thrilled to be here and really excited to celebrate with everybody.”
With their first album in 15 years, Heartthrob has been a success.
“Our trajectory has been really slow and steady and each record there is a deliberate and strategic move up, shift upwards,” Sara said. “We’re ready for this kind of success right now. It’s been fun for us and it’s not overwhelming.”
She said that their slow movements have been in small increments that feel natural.
Their plan is to continue to tour this year, then take off most of next year to write and record their new album.
“We have a lot of collaborations in our back pockets [that are] going to be coming out over this year and next year so they’re still going to be getting a lot of Tegan and Sara – just not a whole new record yet.”