Canadian Duo, Tegan and Sara
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ust add our voice to the movement. But we are just a band and we are trying to sell heartbreak and loss and change too so--it's a fine line and a balance and something new everyday. We believe we are a universal band with a universal message. We believe everyone is equal and we believe all people can relate to that.
TWEED: On the issue of homosexuality--as Canadians, tell us a little bit about how you see our (American) cultural status regarding homosexuals. I'm sort of baiting you because I'd assume I know the answer to this as well, but could you see a Canadian Prime Minister doing anything even approaching Bush's campaign for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage?
TEGAN: Our Prime Minister, Paul Martin, has said that he would never say who could get married or who could not. He believes it is an issue that is not up to him and would fight to protect that right. I think that banning gay marriage is a way for George Bush to pull people's attention away from the bigger issues facing Americans right now. He obviously needs something big to deflect from the absolute idiocy he call's the "War on Terror."
TWEED: Currently, there is a battle going on in the South between gay rights activists and an Alabama state representative, Gerald Allan. Allan, part of George Bush's base, is proposing to end federal spending on any books that may promote homosexuality. As Kim Chandler of The Birmingham News reports, "Allen said that if his bill passes, novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed." Alan's response was "I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them." Obviously, the debate is no longer confined to the "gay rights" arena. How do you respond to this?
TEGAN: I feel bad for people who agree with Gerald Allan and mostly because the times are changing and this will not be an issue in 10 years. These ignorant politicians will soon be extinct and a new generation of open-minded, liberal, freethinking and less-regressed youth will be filling their places. Who are they to judge gay people as they kill, maim, starve and punish lesser countries around the world everyday? I'd say their sins are much worse than ours.
TWEED: How motivated are you politically? Is there room for Tegan and Sara to be an outwardly political band, or is that something you'd rather keep separate? Would you play a benefit show? Or write politically motivated lyrics?
TEGAN: We have been involved in a lot of benefits in the past (Rock For Choice, Under the Volcano, Amnesty, the SPCA). We have a voice and a concern and an agenda we just don't sing about it. We are very aware of world politics and issues facing our generation. I think with the coming years and the confidence of each new record, we grow more open to speaking about our politics.
TWEED: Tell us about touring. You've been on tour with some pretty amazing artists--Neil Young, The Pretenders, Rufus Wainwright. Any experiences that stand out? What have been your favorite places to play? Any particular venues/cities?
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