At the start of 2007, Tegan and Sara Quin were at a pivotal point in their personal and professional lives. Amongst all this, they flew to Portland in January of 2007 to record what would become The Con. “There was blood all over that record,” Tegan once said of The Con — and she was right. At just 36 minutes long, The Con remains the most raw and brutal of the band’s career, detailing all corners of a relationship, from its tender highs (‘I Was Married’) to its painful lows (‘The Con’, ‘Call It Off’). Musically, it caught the band in the transition from indie guitar duo to burgeoning pop machine. You can hear the melodic seeds of the successful mainstream pop career they would go on to form. They reached new heights as arrangers on songs like ‘Knife Going In’ and ‘Like O, Like H’, with their dizzying polyrhythms and jittery percussion, while Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla kept the production stark but intimate. 10 years on, these songs are still arguably the band’s most beloved — it’s rare Tegan and Sara will play a set without including some of them.