Canadian indie pop duo composed of identical twin sisters known as Tegan and Sara have a new song titled “I’m Okay.”
“I’m Okay” by Tegan and Sara is a track from the duo’s long-awaited tenth studio album titled “Crybaby.”
Born Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin, both musicians are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.
Tegan and Sara began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15, using an old guitar they found in their basement owned by their then-stepfather, Bruce. One of the first songs they wrote was Tegan Didn’t Go To School Today, originally written by Sara.
Tegan and Sara later sang and recorded the song together on a cassette tape. They first called their band Plunk, defined as ‘light punk’ as they had neither a drummer nor bass player at the time.
In 1997, Tegan and Sara used their school’s recording studio to record two demo albums: Who’s in Your Band? and Play Day.
In 1998, Tegan and Sara won Calgary’s “Garage Warz” competition; using the studio time they won in this competition, they recorded their first professional demo under the name “Sara and Tegan”, Yellow tape.
This was followed by Orange tape and Red tape. Their first “big-time show” was in May 1998 in Calgary, opening for Hayden.
In 1999, Tegan and Sara released their debut album Under Feet Like Ours independently under the “Sara and Tegan” name, with producer Jared Kuemper. Two songs from Red tape appeared on the album, and two from Orange tape.
Tegan and Sara later changed their name to “Tegan and Sara” because people thought they were a solo act named “Sara Antegan”.
Tegan and Sara’s first album was later reprinted under the name “Tegan and Sara”. The same year, they signed with Neil Young’s Vapor Records and released This Business of Art through the label in 2000. Since then, they have toured extensively.
In 2002, Tegan and Sara released their third album, If It Was You. 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.
One track of the album, “Walking with a Ghost”, was covered by the White Stripes, who released it on their Walking with a Ghost EP. The band’s 2007 album, The Con, was released by Vapor and Sire because Sanctuary chose to no longer release new music in the United States.
The album was co-produced by Chris Walla. Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Sharp of the Rentals (and previously Weezer), Hunter Burgan of AFI, and Kaki King all appeared and collaborated on the album.
On October 26, 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 late 2008, writing together in New Orleans, and touring Australia.
The photographs in the book are taken by Lindsey Byrnes and Ryan Russell. The album Sainthood debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 21 selling 24,000 copies in its first week.
While recording Sainthood, Tegan and Sara spent a week writing songs together in New Orleans. The song “Paperback Head” was the only song written by the pair to appear on the album, making it the first song on any Tegan and Sara album that they wrote together.
Tegan and Sara started recording their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, on February 20, 2012. Eight songs were produced by Greg Kurstin. Joey Waronker contributed drums to these songs.
Two songs were produced by Mike Elizondo, with Victor Indrizzo contributing drums, Josh Lopez contributing guitar, and Dave Palmer contributing piano. The last two songs were produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
The first single, “Closer”, was released on September 25, 2012. 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.
Tegan and Sara finished their eighth studio album on November 30, 2015. On March 10, 2016, the band announced via their Facebook account that the album’s title would be Love You to Death, with the release date set for June 3.
Tegan and Sara released the lead single from the album, “Boyfriend”, on April 8. On April 25, tour dates were announced for their 2016 worldwide tour for the Love You to Death album. The duo released a music video for each track on the album.
For the tenth anniversary of the release of their album The Con, Tegan and Sara collaborated with 17 artists including Cyndi Lauper to create The Con X: Covers in 2017.
The participating artists created covers of The Con’s original songs which created a cohesive album sold to benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation.
In early 2019, Tegan and Sara announced they were working on their next record for release later that year. On July 9, 2019, they announced via Instagram that their ninth album would be called Hey, I’m Just Like You.
The duo also stated that the album would consist of twelve re-recorded songs they initially wrote as teenagers. It was released on September 27, 2019, three days after the release of their memoir.
In April 2020, the duo created a live “show” that they named Where Does the Good Grow, to entertain their fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 12, 2020, Tegan and Sara announced that they were releasing merchandise designed by EE Storey for Where Does the Good Grow. The show was held every Thursday at 3 PM PST on their Instagram account, until the series finale on July 23, 2020.
In July 2021, Tegan and Sara announced on their social media a return to the studio to work on their tenth studio album.
On February 1, 2022, Tegan and Sara announced Still Jealous, a completely acoustic reimagining of So Jealous, which was released on February 11, 2022.
In April 2022 the duo announced they had left Warner Bros. records and signed a new record deal with Mom & Pop. They also released the first single, “Fucking Up What Matters”, from their upcoming tenth studio album on April 28, 2022.
On July 12, 2022, the duo announced the album is called Crybaby and will be released on October 21, 2022. The second single, “Yellow”, was released on the same day, with the music video being released on YouTube.
Tegan and Sara also announced their first tour in three years, which starts in Philadelphia, PA on October 26, 2022 and ends in Vancouver, BC on November 20.
Tegan and Sara have credited Green Day, Nirvana, and Hole for “truly start[ing] to cement our desire to write and make our own music”. During their teenage years, the duo were influenced by Hayden, the Smashing Pumpkins, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur Jr., and Teenage Fanclub.
Other artists who have influenced Tegan and Sara include Depeche Mode, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Kate Bush, David Bowie, Mike Elizondo, Pink, Lily Allen, Erasure, Ace of Base, Tom Petty, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ani DiFranco, the New Pornographers, Cyndi Lauper, Sinéad O’Connor, Against Me!, and Bruce Springsteen.
Tegan and Sara have released ten studio albums with Crybaby being the tenth. Tegan and Sara earned a Grammy nomination in 2012 for their DVD/live album Get Along.
Tegan and Sara’s memoir, High School, was released on September 24, 2019. The TV show High School based on the memoir was released on Amazon Freevee in the fall of 2022.