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- Posted on Jul 9th 2010 12:00PM by Chris Cope
You've got Glastonbury in your tour itinerary. Exciting stuff?
Yeah. Festivals are funny because in Canada festival culture is a completely different thing - but I remember Glastonbury. I remember when we were growing up on our music television station they would play highlights from Glastonbury every year, so it's sort of surreal. I think much of our lives are quite surreal right now actually. I feel like we've entered an interesting stage of our career where 11 going on 12 years into it, we're playing at places like the Roundhouse and Glastonbury, being able to headline festivals - I know it sounds so cheesy but I get off stage and pinch myself.
Do you think in two years time you'll be playing even bigger venues?
Tegan and I have been talking a lot about this, evaluating where we want to go in the next five to ten years. We've certainly hit a lot of our goals in the last two album cycles and to be honest with you if there was a plateau at this point and this was the biggest we ever got, I think that there would be a sense of disappointment that you wouldn't get bigger -- but I don't think that's because where we are isn't remarkable, it's just that we're a very driven and ambitious people. But I truly believe that we will continue to grow in the right ways. If we're meant to get bigger then we will, and if we make an album that demands that we have a bigger audience then I hope we'll get that. But it's really hard to say right now cause we're about to potentially make an album that will start a second phase in our career - I really feel like we're about to do something different.
Do you think the next album will continue the trend of your past work or will it go in a new direction?
It's sort of indefinable right now, but there's a sensation that Tegan and I both have -- we've been talking a lot about the sense that it's the end of phase one of our career, and there seems to be a real bookend closure feeling to a lot what we're doing right now. We've hit these career markers -- headlining festivals, playing 2,500, 3,000 seat venues. I think because we've hit those goals now there's a re-evaluation artistically and professionally -- and personally.
I see you've just made an appearance on kids TV in America. Do you see a future in being a kids TV presenter?
I'm not sure that that's where my future is but I guess that I would not turn my nose up at the opportunity to be on television with kids or write music for kids. There was a period of time, maybe five or six years ago, where I actually started, as a writing exercise, writing what I felt were gonna be children's songs -- and that's actually how I started writing 'Walking With a Ghost.' It's a sort of strange rock song now but initially I thought 'Walking With a Ghost' would be something a kid would be really into. But I think trying to capture the mind of a child is actually quite difficult.
You've changed the lyrics to 'Alligator' to make it into an educational song -- do you think you'll maybe change the lyrics to other songs and bring out an album of kids songs?
I think that was a one-time thing, but I guess I wouldn't be opposed to writing for kids. I feel like some of my biggest influences when I was growing up was kids' music. Strangely one of the biggest influences on our early years was Mini Pops in early 80s, which I think was quite controversial everywhere except Canada. It took off and they had little kids dressed up like adults singing pop songs in these crazy music videos, and we loved that. I remember 'Eye of the Tiger,' 'Ebony and Ivory,' 'Video Killed the Radio Star' -- all of these tiny little kids dressed up like greasers and prostitutes singing these songs. I loved it.
You're about to go on tour with Paramore on the Honda Civic tour in America. Is this Tegan and Sara selling out?
You mean selling out like doing coke and buying Hummers? I don't really believe in the idea of selling out. I guess selling out for me would be if we suddenly were like selling a vacuum cleaner on late night TV. I really admire Hayley and I think that Paramore are a fantastic band. They have a gigantic audience compared to what we have, so we're looking forward to getting out there and trying to win over some new people. If that's selling out, then yeah, that's what we're doing.
What do you make of Hayley Williams' recent Twitter incident?
Honestly, I don't have much to say about it. I think Twitter is something that divides me and Tegan -- she really has jumped in 100 per cent and I don't really get it. But I feel like it's bound to happen, those kind of accidents and mishaps -- when you have a social networking device that essentially allows you to drunk text the entire world, people end up putting their foot in their mouths, or in some cases, having their Twitters hacked and boobie pictures going out. It's so funny to me that that's a scandal. Back in the day a scandal would be getting coked up and having sex with a tiger or something.
Are you worried that it might happen to you or Tegan?
Well I don't participate in that so no, I'm not worried about me! And I don't think it's something I should be worried about with Tegan, but I could be wrong. Definitely it is possible that Tegan could get coked up and have sex with a tiger -- and that part I do worry about.
When do you think recording will start on the next album?
Well it looks like we're gonna tour until Christmas, so I assume we'll take much of the winter and spring off, so maybe next summer? That'd be my best guess.