SARA: I was thinking… not that Tegan and I ar-ar-are different… I thought, what if I’m insane, and Tegan IS me. And I’m a solo artist-
TEGAN: She told me about it.
SARA: And Tegan is my- is like my dark… like she- she’s like the dark side
TEGAN: You’re Fight Club.
SARA: Yeah, like Tegan’s
PETER: Like Dexter or something…
SARA: Yes! Like what if Tegan is actually- like I physically manifested another visi- like a visual person, and she’s just like mean and she drives me insane and she always makes the wrong fuckin decisions, and I’m just like fighting her but I’m fighting ME. You know? And I went into this therapist and I was like this is our website, here are some live videos… I need you to confirm that there are twO OF US! TELL ME THAT THERE ARE TWO OF US! Promise me… That’s it.
You recently had the opportunity to sing “Roar” with Katy Perry onstage. What was the best part of that?
It was great, but I was so nervous about the whole thing. I have this weird leftover trauma from being a child and going to summer camp and not being liked, and being the odd man out. I hate collaborating, and I hate getting onstage—I just feel so nervous all the time.
And we’ve had so many experiences like that one with Katy—like when we toured with Neil Young and we did Bridge School [Benefit] and all the artists get up and sing together. I just remember standing at the side of the stage and being like, “I don’t want to, I don’t want to, I don’t want to!”
It was, like, Beck, Foo Fighters, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and [expletive] Tom Petty [onstage too]. And my manager was like, “Are you out of your [expletive] mind?” Just literally shoving me out there.
I had so much anxiety leading up to [singing with Katy], and then we got onstage for soundcheck and Katy is so [expletive] nice and cool and down to earth. [She] walks up and is like, “It’s going to be great! There’s teleprompters, don’t worry about it. Let’s do it.”