Gig Review: Tegan and Sara @ Metro Theatre

It took Tegan and Sara 17 years to play a proper show in Australia, and you bet that it was a gig not to be missed. On their previous visit in 2004, the show got cancelled, but Tegan and Sara still came and played at each show, begging those in line to stay and listen to their set. Which is why the Metro Theatre held a lot of sentimental value – this was one of the few venues where people actually stayed. At the time, Tegan and Sara’s mother always worried about them not making it big, but now they are headlining their own shows. We couldn’t be prouder.

With eight albums under their belts and countless singles, it must have been tough for Tegan and Sara to cram all their favourite songs into an hour and a half set. We had the chance to rock out to their newest songs from their latest album, Boyfriend, but the songs that everyone was waiting for were old favourites like ‘Back In Your Head’. You could clearly see the progression of their signature shoe-gaze appeal, with simple repetitive riffs that get stuck in your head. We were however a bit disappointed they didn’t perform their latest single, which was a collaboration with David Guetta.

Lyrics are a huge part of Tegan and Sara’s songs. With lyrics that we can relate to, their songs appeal not just to the ears but to the heart and mind. As a huge supporter of the LGBT movement, Tegan and Sara had a tough time as musicians due to their sexual preferences. It’s a little ironic that their latest album is called Boyfriend, but they have certainly made waves in the LGBT and queer music scene. It just showed the timeless appeal of the duo as the theatre was filled to the brim with young and old, grunge and punk lovers alike – it was a crowd that embraced you for being who you are.

Not just captivating as performers, the sisters entertained us with stories like Tegan’s struggle with getting a cup of coffee in the middle of the night. Looking like they haven’t even aged a year, they were really grateful for all the supporters that allowed them to continue their passions performing on stage and sharing their music with everyone.

Just a shout-out to their opening act Lupa J. A violinist turned musician, Lupa J was a crossover between shoe-gaze pop and dream electro. At times it even felt like a reinterpreted Evanescence in the disco-synth style. Accompanied with violins, we were surprised at how Lupa J managed to get the mood up with her songs. Her energy swells up bigger and bigger without the beat ever dropping or dissipating. She definitely had us hooked, and we have no doubt big things are to come from this young artist, including the release of her debut EP this Friday.

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