Date: February 22, 2006
Author: Robert Massie
Publication: Glide Magazine
Headline: Eternal Sunshine Tour 2006: Cake, Tegan and Sara, Gogol Bordello, and Eugene Mirman - House of Blues, Cleveland, OH - 01/22/2006
This smoldering sensation created the perfect atmosphere for the bubbly Tegan and Sara, who seem to have taken America by storm lately. The past few months have seen their album So Jealous rise up the charts and their video for “Walking with a Ghost” has gotten prime real estate in some of the most sought-after plots around the industry, including airplay on MTV. Their legions of predominantly teenage fans were percolating with excitement as the twin troubadours took the stage. Although some of their songs and their stage antics (such as begging the audience to wave their hands from side-to-side during “I Know I Know I Know”) were clearly out of the Total Request Live book of performance, these two sirens are much more than just another shallow songwriting team. The ladies pushed new ground and deviated from the pop-friendly pattern with more mature material like “Speak Slow” and some of their stories, including one about growing up in their mother’s neighborhood surrounded by crack-heads, indicated a lighthearted yet deeper side and a potential staying power. And it didn’t hurt that each of the ladies could simply smile and brighten any room – it seemed like the females in the crowd were enamored with their vibe and music while the males were just simply smitten with the two gorgeous guitarists. Their set gave some of the close-minded a chance to take a breather and cool off, but, judging by the audience applause as they finished, the ladies and their backing band had again raised the temperature. The room was nearing a point of spontaneous combustion. The last frosty faces faded away, and the crowd was gleaming.