Ten years ago, Tegan and Sara released their fifth studio album on July 24th back in 2007 – The Con. Ten years ago, it seemed that critics were far more focused on the sister’s queerness than they were with the actual content and talent of the duo who gracefully rose above the misogynist comments (including being called “tampon rock” or joking that their music lacked the substance that heterosexual artist have from the subject of “lashing out at men”).
But we digress. The Con is a staple in terms of Tegan and Sara’s extensive discography – and music in general. The album’s opening track, “I Was Married,” is a beloved track written about gay rights and Sara’s own civil ceremony to her American partner to be able to live with her together in Tegan and Sara’s native Canada. The incredibly touching number is as relateable ten years ago as it is today, one that any oppressed group can relate to, with lyrics such as:
“They seem so very scared of us / I look into the mirror / For evil that just does not exist / I don’t see what they see / Tell them that, tell them that.”
The Con may start off with a piano-driven practically acapella piece about gay rights, but it touches on all sorts of matters: relationships, losing loved ones, longing for more and even self-depreciation. Even with its flaws (and there were only a select few), the album and the Quins lead the way for a new ideological way of thinking, of writing and producing music. These songs were written over a decade before a long of the DIY/Synth pop and pop-punk artists wrote the same tracks today that people are quick to coin as bold, brash, daring and brave.
In honor of the 10th year Anniversary, Tegan and Sara have released The Con X: Covers which is the album reimaged and brought back to life by some of the industry’s best artists, including Chvrches, MUNA, Bleachers, City and Colour, Mykki Blanco, Pvris, Ryan Adams, Grimes, Hayley Williams and even Cyndi Lauper in a bonus track.
You can stream the album down below, but be sure to pick up a copy to support Tegan and Sara’s LGBTQIA Foundation.
Be sure to also catch Tegan and Sara on their Con X Tour where they intend to play The Con in its entirety with other fan favorites. Tour dates can be found below and tickets can be picked up on Tegan and Sara’s official website here.
10/20 San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
10/21 Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theatre, Palms Casino Resort
10/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
10/26 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
10/27 Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
10/28 Vancouver, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth THeatre
10/30 Calgary, Canada @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/31 Edmonton, Canada @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11/03 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/05 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
11/08 Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
11/09 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/10 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/15 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre