Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall, July 21, 2005


Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Making up the crowd for Tegan and Sara was a mixture of Columbus' eclectic; it was a crowd mixed with those comfortable with who they are yet still trying to find their way in a world that looks down on the youth. The audience was much like the band playing in front of them, a youthful, exuberant duo with endless possibilities lying ahead, but a definite sense of self-confidence in who they are and an almost forbidden knowledge of what they are accomplishing as individuals.

 

Tegan and Sara, a Canadian duo that has been recording and producing records since 2000, have graced the stage with the likes of Neil Young and Ben Folds, but have still managed to keep their own sense of style and originality. One could easily imagine these two young women out on tour with Ryan Adams and trying hard to become a songwriter along those lines, but Tegan and Sara both musically and lyrically, have always marched to their own beat and never allow too much outside influence to overtake their art form.

 

Live, the two meld together nicely, and their songs flow off the stage like water down a brook, as their soft choruses and harmonies can sometimes meet with rocky crags to keep it flowing at an uneven yet very peaceful state.

 

Over 900 came to the Newport to see this now-becoming-less underground band, and although the name is Tegan and Sara, lest not forget the trip playing behind the Canadians. Without a tight, well-balanced and melodious band behind them, Tegan and Sara would not be able to be the red to the band's black and white unyielding sound.

 

For those there, Tegan and Sara produced a much-needed release and provided an element of safeness for everyone to be themselves. Much like the music they produce, the show was unapologetic and emotional of just about every level. Whether it was the personal lyrics or the arousing music accompanying the words, Tegan and Sara put together 80 minutes of soulfulness that seems to be missing in a world or radio-friendly pop icons.

 

To pick out songs that shined is almost impossible, as the show was like a beacon of light, but "We Didn't Do It," "Living Room," and "So Jealous" were spot on and seemed to resonate with the audience. And if there was one song that was apropos for the evening, it would have to be "Wake Up Exhausted," as rest assured, probably a bulk majority of the crowd did wake up Saturday beat and bushed from the activities Friday night, and not just from singing, either.

Sara Quinn
Tegan Quinn
Sara Quinn
Tegan Quinn
Tegan Quinn
Tegan Quinn