In 2007, Tegan sang backup on a song on new Sire
labelmate Against Me!
's album New Wave, and the twins, who had by then moved far from the singer/songwriter mold and were more interested in exploring pop, punk, and indie rock, came out with The Con, produced by Christopher Walla
of Death Cab for Cutie
. Working with Walla
went well, and Tegan and Sara also utilized his production skills on their next album, 2009's Sainthood. The year 2009 also found the duo collaborating with Tiësto
on the song "Feel It in My Bones" for his Kaleidoscope album and with comedian Margaret Cho
on the track "Intervention" from her Cho Dependent release. Arriving in 2011, the live CD/DVD Get Along was paired with three short behind-the-scenes films called States, India, and For the Most Part.
On their seventh studio album, Tegan and Sara turned to producer Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen
, Kelly Clarkson
) for help in making an album that reflected the modern pop sound. The very slick yet still emotionally powerful Heartthrob was released in early 2013 to almost universal critical acclaim, topping the charts in over a dozen countries and earning three Juno Awards and a Polaris Music Prize nomination. They next appeared singing the theme song to 2014's Lego Movie. Recorded with the Lonely Planet, "Everything Is Awesome" was certified gold and nominated for an Academy Award. Their next album, 2016's Love You to Death, was again produced by Kurstin and found the sisters delving even deeper into radio pop. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi