They’re an intriguing pair, Tegan and Sara Quin.
The 32-year-old, identical twin sisters are popular in the US and their native Canada, but remain pop-stars-in-waiting in the UK.
A new outlook was heralded with the release of their latest album, Heartthrob, moving away from the slightly earnest indie-folk of the past by cracking open the synths.
The sole British tour for the record so far runs to just four dates, leading The Star over the Pennines for the only Northern gig at the Manchester Ritz.
It’s been the only date to sell out, and by the time the main attraction take to the stage the place is packed. The duo appear in front of a mildly entertaining backdrop livened up with occasionally overwrought graphics - depicting spilling ink, tearing paper, etc.
The lengthy set took in tracks from their previous six albums as well as Heartthrob, making the selection a little uneven. Acoustic guitars were back out for older numbers such as Back In Your Head, but the new approach is obviously well-liked, brash set-closer Closer and the piano-driven Fool For Love inspiring singalongs.
The twins claim supporting bigger acts gave them arena-sized ambitions - in Britain it’s surely doubtful these will be met, but given a chance, they may yet get their longed-for space in the mainstream.