I admit I'm not much of a reviewer of music. Movies no problem, but there are many more people out there more qualified to give opinions on music then myself; but I'll do my best. Tegan and Sara Quin are twin sisters who along with bandmates Rob Chursinoff (drums), Chris Carlson (bass), and Ted Gowans (guitar) have a good pop/alt sound and really seem to have more of a college following. Most people I asked had never heard of the band, even though on the tour documentary they're shown opening for The Killers. The music to me was reminiscent of bands like The Breeders and Veruca Salt; even though those bands seem to have moments more heavy than Tegan and Sara.
The disc I was given to review appeared to be a dvd-r, so the audio was fine but nothing too exciting. Not that a surround sound experience is really necessary, but the dolby digital did a fine job putiing the music into the front speakers with appropriate separation to the left and right channels.
The dvd includes a taped concert performance at The Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto, Canada 2/16/05. Track listing for the show is:
1. "I Bet It Stung"
2. "I Know, I Know, I Know
3. "I Hear Noises"
4. "Monday, Monday, Monday"
5. "Not Tonight"
6. "So Jealous"
7. "Where Does The Good Go"
8. "Speak Slow"
10. "This Is Everything"
11. "Walking With A Ghost"
12. "Living Room"
13. "You Wouldn't Like Me"
The concert shows the band puts together a tight performance, not really playing to the crowd much, simply there to play good sounding music and that's it.
There's a 3 part Tour Documentary "It's Not Fun, Don't Do It!", which showed the band as a likeable bunch; no drinking or hard partying here. You also get the sense of a band trying to break out; after the performances the band helps put away the equipment themselves. No roadies or glamorous lifestyle going on; just traveling by bus across the US and even putting on a show in the UK. There are music videos with commentary for "Speak Slow", "Walking With A Ghost", "Living Room", "Monday, Monday, Monday", and "I Hear Noises." Of these songs I really enjoyed "Speak Slow" and that seemed to be the most mainstream sounding of all the songs, which in this case isn't a bad thing.
There's also a photo album from the road, the making of "So Jealous", and what appears to be a fan made video and awards show done with puppets. It was interesting, but definitely only for the hardcore fan to appreciate.
While Tegan and Sara isn't a band I would be a true fan of myself, I admire their tour tenacity and like some of their songs. They have a good sound and attitude that I think would translate well into mainstream radio play without feeling like a "corporate band" per se. If you happen to catch them opening for someone you won't be disappointed and while I personally may not buy an entire album, I would definitely give their songs a listen.