Date: November 21, 2005, 3:10 PM ET
Author: Jeff Vrabel, Jacksonville, Fla.
Headline: Chatting, Marionettes Drive Tegan & Sara DVD
Canadian sibling rock act Tegan & Sara's upcoming DVD, "If It's Not Fun, Don't Do It," will include the usual ingredients: a full concert recorded last year in Toronto, the band's videos and some surprising fan-created footage. But according to group member Sara Quin, it will also feature a lot of good, old fashioned chatting.
"There's going to be so much commentary -- Tegan and I just use any excuse we can to talk," she tells Billboard.com of the set, due Feb. 7. "We already did the commentary [over the live show], and we don't even talk about the concert. We just use it as a jumping off point, like, 'Hi, we're Tegan & Sara and this is our show. So anyway, this one time...'"
"If It's Not Fun" will also include the DVD component that was packaged with the 2004 studio album, "So Jealous," as well a 24-minute tour movie shot by Tegan. "We think it's absolutely hilarious," Sara says, "But it's a lot of inside jokes, so it's hard to get a handle on if it's actually funny."
Along those lines, Sara says to look out for an unusual fan enterprise that made her "lose [her] mind. We had a fan e-mail us and say she was making marionettes of our band. We get tons of e-mails about crafty things. But this girl made puppets of our entire band!" The attention to detail was such that the girl sewed clothes to resemble what the band wears on stage.
"So we told her, 'If you film the marionettes, we will put it on the DVD.' And she made drums and amps and filmed a video and a 10-minute documentary of the marionettes talking on the bus," Sara reports. "It's so weird and bizarre, but it's great."
Tegan & Sara open a headlining tour of the Southeast Wednesday (Nov. 23) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and will spend part of January in Japan opening for the All-American Rejects. In addition, Sara says plans are in the works for the band to return to America in early 2006.