THIS AL­BUM CHANGED MY LIFE TEGAN AND SARA – ‘THE CON’ (2007)

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SUZANNE PUR­CELL of Dublin band Pur­sued by Dogs

In 2008 the band I was in was com­ing to an end and I was ques­tion­ing whether or not I would con­tinue mak­ing mu­sic. When I heard Tegan and Sara’s al­bum The Con it wal­loped me over the brow.

The lyrics res­onated for me. When Tegan sings “ev­ery­one I love, get back from me now” or when Sara tries to un­der­stand why peo­ple have a prob­lem with her sex­u­al­ity, “I look into the mir­ror/ for evil that just does not ex­ist”, you can re­ally hear their emo­tions. The feel­ings of loss I heard on the record helped me re­alise that the acute pain of let­ting go of my band was very much like a break-up.

Elec­tronic in­die-pop wasn’t a genre I had con­sid­ered much be­fore. I was cu­ri­ous about how Tegan and Sara breathed new life into their mu­sic and ended up with this re­ally fresh sound­ing elec­tro-pop. The al­bum was pro­duced by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) who ap­par­ently was re­spon­si­ble for the ad­di­tion of all these new synth and elec­tronic sounds.

I hadn’t been stirred by an al­bum so quickly in a long time and I im­me­di­ately fell in love with mak­ing mu­sic again and found my sound. That has stayed with me and I try to seek a pi­ano hook in ev­ery­thing I do now with Pur­sued by Dogs. Even though it’s 11 years old, The Con isn’t out of place with the fe­male pop/in­die/elec­tronic vibe hap­pen­ing now. Check out Back in My Head – a finer elec­tro-pop tune you’ll never hear. NIALL BYRNE

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