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Tegan and Sara are tired of “fucking ridiculous” double standards in the music business

In an extensive interview with FL, Tegan Quinn has called out the “antiquated and ridiculous” comments that appear in media coverage of the band she fronts with her twin sister Sara.

It’s highly unlikely that any reviews of the duo’s new album Love You To Death will refer to the music as “tampon rock” like Pitchfork did in a 2007 review of their album The Con. Or follow the lead of a notorious NME review that concluded that 2004’s So Jealous sounded “quite lovely, even if they do hate cock.” But although Tegan says that “openly homophobic” comments in the mainstream media are rare there’s still work to be done.

To highlight her point Tegan points to a recent article published by Rolling Stone that referred to the band as “lesbian duo Tegan & Sara”. The comment was later removed from the article, but only after Sara had pointed out the issue on Twitter. “It sounds ridiculous! Because it is, when you apply it to heterosexuals,” Tegan notes. “I mean can you imagine if all the press around Radiohead was like “All Male Heterosexual Band Release Album”. It. Sounds. Fucking. Ridiculous.”

Tegan says it’s fine – even occasionally important – for writers to mention her sexuality, but that it needs to be presented in a thoughtful context. “If you’re doing a feature on us, and you want to bring up our sexuality, that’s great – without being put into a box like ‘chick rock’ or ‘gay music’,” she explains. “Us being visible is insanely important and still incredibly relevant, but maybe in the third or fourth line, maybe not in the headline, maybe not before our names.”

Tegan and Sara’s Love You To Death will be released on Friday, June 3 via Warner. They’re heading to Australia to play at Splendour in the Grass and a pair of sold-out sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne in July.

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