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Behind the Scenes With Tegan and Sara

Follow the sister act in the studio as they work on their next record

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"Sara and I arriving at the studio. Here I am trying to convince Sara to carry my water. I also appear to be digging for gold in my back pocket. Perhaps I'm proposing to bribe her to carry my water inside for me?" – Tegan Quin

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Downtime

"When you're making records there is often a lot of sitting around doing nothing. Thankfully this studio had lots of nice, comfortable nooks and crannies to relax in. Here we are waiting to move back to Greg's studio to start vocal! We're both nervous in this photo. I can tell." – Sara Quin

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Background Vocals

"With this record we are doing a lot of background vocals and harmonies. Some may say we're returning to our roots, and they'd be right. Here Greg is having us sing the melodies in the room while he plays the guitar. Very bohemian of us three, don't you think?" – Sara Quin

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Sara Singing

"Here is that same moment but caught from a different angle. Tegan looks a bit put off by my singing. Trust me, it sounded beautiful!" – Sara Quin

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Mike!

"This is Mike Elizondo! He is producing four songs on the new record! We'll be with him the next two weeks. He's worked with a pretty wide spectrum of people, ranging from Dr. Dre and Eminem to Mastadon and Regina Spektor. He makes a cameo on our TV show Carpool Confessional this week on www.teganandsara.com. Go check him out." – Tegan Quin

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Pre-production

"We spent the first few days this week doing pre-production. Which basically means that we played the songs acoustic and found the best arrangement and tempo for them." – Tegan Quin

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Guitar World

"This is me and a small selection of my guitars. Kidding! As if! These are Mike's guitars. He's what I like to call a 'collector'." – Tegan Quin

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Victor!

"After two days of pre-production, we had Victor Indrizzo come to the studio and play drums on the new tracks. He is incredibly nice and funny. We were very impressed with him. Recently he played drums on Brandon Flowers' solo record. Which is amazing, by the way." – Tegan Quin

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The Victor Show

"Sara and I got front row seats to the Victor Indrizzo show! Look how excited we are!" – Tegan Quin

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Pick a Drum, Any Drum

"This is us picking out the perfect snare for one of Sara's songs. We can tell just by looking which will sound best. Everyone can do that, right?" – Tegan Quin

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Sing, Sara, Sing

"After a few days of drums, we started singing. Sara went first. We're doing three of her songs with Mike, so she had her work cut out for her." – Tegan Quin

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More Frogger

"While Sara sang I was hard at work, too. Trying to get to level three of Frogger. I mean . . . it gets so fast!" – Tegan Quin

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Supervising

"Mike recorded some guitar while Sara supervised. I was probably there, too – just out of the frame." – Tegan Quin

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Setting the Mood

"Every take should have the tension and excitement of a real performance. Tegan sets the mood by leaning on the piano like a front-row fan might. Thanks, Tegan." – Sara Quin

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Classy Vampire Day

"Apparently someone mixed up 'dress like a classy vampire day' with 'earth-tone color blocking day.'" – Sara Quin

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Fashion Disaster

"Josh was an excellent guitar player, and his foot nudity inspired me to show off my socks. Let's be honest, this entire outfit was a disaster. Thank goodness it didn't put Josh off his slay game." – Sara Quin

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Dave Palmer!

"Dave Palmer! What a guy! Check out the shades! I'm not an indoor sunglasses person, as it leaves me feeling totally blind. Dave and Jack Nicholson rock this look without hindering their mad skills!" – Sara Quin

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Red Bull Magic

"We're listening to keyboard magic, but I'm also thinking about how sketched out Red Bull makes me feel. Tegan and I must have killed a dozen of those last week! Speed thinking/talking doesn't begin to describe us after a Red Bull." – Sara Quin

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Carpool

"We leave the studio each night and tape footage for our web show Carpool Confessional. Here is a behind-the-scenes shot of our friend the microphone!" – Sara Quin

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The Bassman

"Mike Elizondo is a crazy good bass player. On our last day in the studio he whipped out this incredible instrument. I can hardly believe this, but it was built in 1870 or something. Seriously! It's 140 years old! We were in awe!" – Sara Quin

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Control Board

"When it was time to listen down to rough mixes Tegan and I would scoot right up to the soundboard and then let tears of joy run down our faces into our sweaters. Sounds BIG!" – Sara Quin

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‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahhs’

"This is a real closeup of Tegan getting ready to 'ohh' and 'ahh' the heck out of one of my songs. Background parts are incredibly important to us, and Tegan made magic happen."

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All Inked Up

"Mike and Tegan look real tough with their tattoos, so I went out and got some stick on kind at the gas station down the street so I could look cool in this photo."

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The Wizard

"Greg just found out he has been officially given the title 'Wizard Kurstin' in the producer community!" – Sara Quin

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Medieval Music

"Tegan singing while also checking out an episode of Game of Thrones on her laptop. She's really unfocused on the record now that she's fixated on John Snow's hair." – Sara Quin

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Wizard Kurstin and the Side Project

"We made Wizard Kurstin start a side project with us. He had no choice but to accept the offer after he heard how many freestyles Tegan could write in ten minutes using this tiny keyboard." – Sara Quin

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Greta Garbage

"Tegan and this dog Greta Garbage are starting another side project called 'Greta Garbage and Tegan go to Hollywood.' All joking aside, so many dogs have friended Tegan on Facebook since she barked in last weeks episode of Carpool Confessional." – Sara Quin

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Whistle Step

"Let me be the first to tell you that I am doing a lot of whistling on this record. Basically Greg is helping us bridge the gap between pop music and underground whistling culture. It's sort of the new dubstep." – Sara Quin

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‘Embrace the Curl’

"Are you kidding me with this hair Tegan!? Its super-professional looking, especially next to my helmet. 'Embrace the curl' is my new mantra going forward." – Sara Quin

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