In 2013, Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin installed a mailbox in the lobby of their concert venues so their fans could drop off letters to them, often of the highly personal variety. Over the course of seven albums, Tegan and Sara, as they’re officially known, had cultivated a devoted following that responded to their guitar-centric, heart-swelling music, and as their popularity grew, they didn’t want to lose this intimate connection they had established. Nonetheless, after releasing that year’s Heartthrob, a slick, pop-spiked curveball whose hit song, “Closer,” was an earworm that burrowed a home in pop radio and helped them land an opening gig on Katy Perry’s world tour, they anticipated some backlash. “I get it,” Tegan says on a recent Los Angeles afternoon. “Our fans attach to a certain era of our band. I’ve been there. But just like how I can’t go back and look the way I did when I was 24, musically, I can’t go backwards. I don’t want to.”
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