A few years ago, Tegan and Sara made a bold decision: They became a full-on pop group. Sometimes being off the road for a year is like a non-stop anxiety train, where I feel calm and relaxed, and think, "Oh, my God. I actually appreciate a mix of both of those things.After more than a decade of making indie-rock hits, the Canadian twin sisters largely traded guitars for synthesizers, focused on hooks and became even more of a success. I don't think we would have said, "I guess we have to get the old electric guitars out again and write more indie-rock songs."You worked solely with producer Greg Kurstin, who worked with you on , on this one. Tegan and I work best with producers who work almost like editors. Some of them may already have 60 tracks [of instruments] on a song. Now I'm like, "Fuck." If I could just get up onstage with just an i Pad, I probably would.The album was released on January 29, 2013 and debuted on the Billboard top 200 at number 3, the band's highest charting record to date, selling 49,000 copies in its first week.In March 2014 Tegan and Sara won three Juno Awards for Song of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Group of the Year.Their fourth album, So Jealous, was released in 2004 and led to wider success and attention, both locally and internationally.This album was released through both Vapor and Sanctuary.
On October 27, 2009, Tegan and Sara released their sixth album Sainthood, produced by Chris Walla and Howard Redekopp.The duo also put out a three-volume book set titled ON, IN, AT, which is a collection of stories, essays, journals, and photos of the band on tour in America in the fall of 2008, writing together in New Orleans, and touring Australia.The photographs in the book are taken by Lindsey Byrnes and Ryan Russell.Tegan and Sara started recording their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, on February 20, 2012. The last two songs were produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen.The first single, "Closer", was released on September 25, 2012.