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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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Maybe or MAYBE

"Here I am sitting close enough to a keyboard to MAYBE play them or MAYBE just be photographed near them." – Tegan Quin

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Subliminal

"Sara is sending an important subliminal message. 4 fingers on your face means this new record is CRAZY GOOD!" – Tegan Quin

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Fun. Times

"Jack from Fun. came by to listen to rough mixes. When we finished playing him everything he said we needed to "get this record out now." So it's coming out tomorrow. KIDDING! Be patient (Jack, I'm looking at you) everyone! We've got three songs to go still!" – Tegan Quin

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Let There Be Light!

"Dazed and confused. It's jarring to leave the studio and experience sunlight after eight hours of medium-to-dim lighting." – Tegan Quin

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Long Days

"Finally! I guest-engineered for one take of acoustic guitar that Greg laid down the last hour we were in the studio. Sara is playing Word Mole in the back there. Told you. There aren't a lot of guitars on this record. But that doesn't mean I don't like guitars. Especially this one. I put it in my backpack. I bet Greg didn't even notice that I took it. Sucker." – Tegan Quin

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We Are The Band

"Here Sara and I are, trying to explain who we are to the security person at Warner Bros." – Tegan Quin

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Lobby Living Room?

"Here we are waiting to be seen. Also, Warner Bros. Records' lobby looks JUST like Sara's living room. WEIRD!" – Tegan Quin

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Making the Drop

"Here Sara and I are, modeling our way through the back halls of Warner Bros. Records. We went by to drop off some music. They were so excited! And so are we!" – Tegan Quin

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Meet Justin

"Our third and final producer is Justin Meldal-Johnsen. He played bass for NIN and Beck and recently he produced the M83 record, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. In addition to all that he has mad style, so I'm stepping it up this week." – Tegan Quin

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Step 2

"Step 2: Throw a 'wear crazy shoes and socks day!' Justin and Carlos won (Carlos is the studio engineer)." – Tegan Quin

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‘The Teenager’

"I guess this little keyboard is called 'The Teenager.' I call a ginger ale and tequila shot a '15-year-old.' Needless to say, I kept this keyboard close by." – Tegan Quin

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PROfessional

"Victor Indrizzo on drums! Love him. Brought him back for three more tracks. He killed it. Obviously. Look at him. He puts the "pro" in professional." – Tegan Quin

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Feliz!

"Cinco de Mayo! Everything we recorded that day turned out perfect. We didn't have to edit anything. Especially the piano I recorded after three margaritas." – Tegan Quin

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Friends!

"Jeremy Davis and Taylor York from Paramore stopped by the studio!!! We ate burgers, we Eighties danced, we clapped the crap out of the record. It was awesome." – Tegan Quin

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Golden

"Sometimes we bring in face tanning beds to help boost our vitamin D. Look how golden Tegan looks!" – Sara Quin

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Pop-tastic

"Busted! That contraption helps get our vocals sounding pop-tastic. Also pop-tastic: my white jean jacket." – Sara Quin

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Feather Fingers

"Back to Greg Kurstin's studio for a solo piano concert. Feather fingers strikes again!" – Sara Quin

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Not Eighteen

"I asked to have this photo included so the myth that I'm actually 18 could be cleared up. I look like hell. Read: my age." – Sara Quin

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Talk, Talk, Talk

"Tegan composing rave jams in her headphones while I talk, talk, talk in the background." – Sara Quin

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Ageless

"After 3 months of recording it seems the myth about Tegan being 18 IS true. Look at that flawless skin!? Ageless!" – Sara Quin

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