Birthdays, especially significant ones, are something to be savored. But when Canadian alt-rocker Tegan Quin and her identical twin sister Sara turn 30 on the 19th of this month, they’ll be moving too fast to even notice the momentous occasion.
They’ll spend it onstage in Anaheim, on the final date of a Honda Civic Tour the siblings — who perform as Tegan and Sara — have been sharing with Paramore; the show comes to HP Pavilion on Friday.
No partying, either. They’re catching an early-morning flight to Toronto the next day, where they’re nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.
"So we’re officially postponing our birthday until Sept. 25, which is technically our first day off," she says.
But then? Anything goes, says Tegan, who’s methodically orchestrating a big blowout bash in her native Vancouver, which she’s jokingly dubbed The Tegan and Sara Wedding.
"We’ve rented a bar, we’re going to have DJs and cakes and T-shirts and invitations," she says, "150 people are invited, so it’s going to be huge. And the more stuff I book, the more I realize that I’m actually throwing a wedding."
Memorize the sisters’ faces from the cover of their latest effort "Sainthood," she adds. "Because we were young-looking, but by the time our 30th birthday party rolls around, we’re going to look 35."
Mentally, it’s a different story. The Calgary-bred duo has been recording together for half their lives, while all their childhood chums went to college or joined the work force.
"But Sara and I have our own homes, we have a business, and we’ve toured around the world," Tegan says. "So I feel old, in a way, because I’ve lived so much in the last 12 years. And I’m starting to think about death again, and getting old, failure and success. I’m on the cusp of 30, about to start writing my next record, and I’m terrified, like ‘What is going to happen?’"
The twins had grappled with mortality before — the passing of a beloved grandmother — on their 2007 breakthrough "The Con."
But the angular, punk-scrappy anthems on the Chris Walla-co-produced "Sainthood" revolve around much lighter themes. Songs like "Night Watch" and "Red Belt," Tegan says, "are written from the perspective of our parents. They had us so young, I remember what they were like at 30. So now Sara and I are re-processing a lot of our childhood memories as adults."
Tegan and her significant other have even toyed with the idea of motherhood themselves. "But I lose my iPod cord every day," she says. "I cannot keep track of anything, let alone a child!"
Opening for Paramore on the Honda Civic Tour
Where: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Contact: (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com