I think that that line is maybe a watered-down way of saying that.
You’ve shared tour bills with indie-pop bands like The Killers and Hot Hot Heat, and Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla produced the album. Matt Sharp [former Weezer bassist and producer] was a big influence during the So Jealous recordings.
A lot of the album was written when she was falling in love and having her heart broken. Do you remember the first time you actually came out and told someone, “I’m gay”? I usually just told people who I was dating, and then they would ask, “Are you gay? You don’t just go to a bar and find [someone] and socialize that way.
And I was at home—I bought a place—and I was like Suzie Homemaker, settling in and bitching about my taxes and watering my plants. So I completely agreed with my mom at the time, but certainly it’s gotten easier.
My mom was a very feminine, girly-girl-type mom, but after about six years she threw in the brush and comb and was like, “Fine—have ugly rat-nest hair, I don’t care.” And then all of a sudden I was 21 and started caring about my hair because I met this really wonderful stylist.
I don’t like to think I’m obsessed with my hair, or that it’s a vanity thing—but I love my hair. I’m very excited to get it cut; I like to have my hair touched”.
But the people who download the album early are the kind of people that are excited about music, so it doesn’t bum me out that much. I don’t know how you could have a different attitude about it these days, because if you say that it bums you out or you hate it, then people get in your face.
He brought keyboards and a moog [a type of synthesizer] to Vancouver to contribute some ideas and we were blown away by how it expanded our sound and relieved some pressure on the guitars.
Having almost 12 months to write the songs for The Con gave both Tegan and me ample opportunity to experiment and write a zillion keyboard parts for the album.
For the first 21 years of my life, I didn’t care about my hair.
I was a total tomboy; I thought my hair was like being born with a limp or something.
Here, Sara candidly tells GO about the album, her hair, and her sister’s crocodile tears.