Photos courtesy of The Weepies
November 12, 2010
Singer-songwriter team The Weepies swept through New York City this past Wednesday, performing before a packed audience at the Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom. It’s no wonder the Cali collab drew a devoted audience, given their longtime cult following and the fact that they’ve been laying low for the past few years. Comprising of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen – who in addition to their rhyming last names are also married with two children (does it get any more precious than that?) – the pop-folk twosome was hitherto hibernating, but have returned to the limelight with Be My Thrill, their fourth record, (August 2010, Nettwerk) and an extensive U.S. tour with L.A.-based backup bandmates.
Diverging from roadtrips past, this time around they’re traveling in style, crisscrossing the country in a massive tour bus (as opposed to an old Toyota) with the little ones in tow. Between songs they exhibited enthusiasm for this upgrade, in addition to sharing other entertaining anecdotes.
The couple is down-to-earth and darling, miraculously dodging the oh-so-saccharine stamp by relaying hilarious tales between poignant tracks. Among the songs I was most stoked to hear were “World Spins Madly On,” “Painting By Chagall,” and “All That I Want.” From the recent release, I was amped to take in the title track as well as the single, “I Was Made for Sunny Days,” available for free download below.
One thing’s for sure, The Weepies have staying power; an undeniable timeless element partnered with an undercurrent of, well, just that. Current. From love to loneliness, porn (yes, you read right, hear “Dating a Porn Star”) to parting ways, romance to regret, their catchy and often narrative numbers have a way of embedding themselves inside your head and establishing a prime place among your favorite playlist. But don’t take my word for it. Listen for yourself. Or if you’re the type to put your faith in mainstream TV and film, series like Gossip Girl and films like Sex and the City have both utilized The Weepies’ unique but utterly relatable tunes.
Catch them if you can! The Weepies have nine more scheduled shows (albeit several are sold out, so call in your favors now) up until nearly Thanksgiving.
THE WEEPIES “I Was Made For Sunny Days” Free Music Download