Indie ladies who lunch: Tegan and Sara edition

Sara Quin, myself, and Tegan Quin in their Vancouver studio.

Sara Quin, myself, and Tegan Quin in their Vancouver studio.

Welcome to my new semi-regular feature titled “Indie ladies who lunch.” I’m very excited about it. As many of you know, I worked on a short radio documentary for CBC Radio 3 that explored what it is like to be a woman in the Canadian indie music scene today. I hoped to continue researching this topic for my Master’s thesis, but it was usurped by my Canadian wiki project.

And so here I am. I’ve decided to continue exploring gender issues in Canadian indie music today via my blog. I hope to rope in the voices of our nation’s talented female artists. Oh, and of course, I’ll try to make these interviews happen over lunch.

According to Wikipedia, the connotation surrounding “ladies who lunch” tends to be negative: it “is a phrase to describe slim, well-off, old-money, well-dressed women who meet for lunch socially, normally during the working week. Typically, the women involved are married and non-working. Normally the lunch is in a restaurant, perhaps in a department store during shopping.”

I figured “Indie ladies who lunch” was a suitably ironic title for my feature, as well as a comment on some of the gender stereotypes that plague our society today. I also sorta borrowed the lunch idea from the almighty Vish Khanna and his CBC Radio 3 breakfast club. Technically we’re family, so borrowing from his closet is allowed, right Vish?

Without further ado, here is the inaugural “Indie ladies who lunch” post, featuring Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara. I would’ve interviewed Sara about the topic, but she was off jamming. In fact, you might hear her singing in the background of this audio interview [UPDATE: I figured out that she’s singing “Paperback Head” off of the new record]. Tegan and I didn’t necessarily have lunch together, but it was lunch time when we talked, so it still counts.

Listen to the interview with Tegan below. She talks about Lilith Fair, the lack of women on the charts, “tampon rock,” homophobia, porn and how people think she makes out with her twin in her spare time. In short, it’s a pretty awesome interview.

5 Responses to “Indie ladies who lunch: Tegan and Sara edition”
  1. xtine says:

    You were right. It was an awesome interview. I keep trying to decipher what Sara was singing in the background…must be a song they haven’t played at Rifflandia…can’t figure it out. 🙂

  2. Brenda says:

    amazing interview, very in-depth. she’s very eloquent.

  3. Jen says:

    theyre so amazing

  4. Lyn says:

    The song Sara is singing is Paperback Head from Sainthood.

  5. Barbara says:

    Great interview. Growing up there were not alot of women in music who caught my ear. The first was Joan Jett which was at that time an anomaly. There are more women out there these days who write their own music and play their own instruments but women who do still don’t get much AOR play. You will never hear women musicians being played back to back on any top 40 radio station. I never hear Tegan and Sara on the radio. Still have to dig to find the gold and Tegan and Sara are GOLD.

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