You Sing, I Write: Band of the Week: The Weepies

Monday, February 2, 2009

Band of the Week: The Weepies

In the past few weeks many friends and co-workers have been mentioning The Weepies to me, asking if I'm familiar with their music, which I wasn't until today. A relaxed vibe, the band has an undeniably laid-back acoustic feel. My favorite song is the title track off their second and most recent album, Hideaway. A bit soporific at times, their music is the type that makes listeners sit back and forget their problems. An escape from everyday life is something every musician can only hope for.

And, their music must be highly regarded since publicity has been phenomenal for the band as of late. From their music being featured in President Barack Obama's election ads to having a guest spot on hit television show, "Dirty Sexy Money" husband and wife indie-folk pop duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen are doing well for themselves.

Perhaps what stands out most for the listener is their unique and unexpected harmonies.

"We want to make music that comes from that place where tears come from. Tears for joy, tears for sorrow. It's where we write from and where we hope to connect with other people who listen to our music," said Deb Talan in an ABC interview.

Be sure to check The Weepies out on MySpace, and if their music sounds familiar, below are a few reasons why:

-Deb Talan and Steve Tannen’s music appeared in more than a dozen TV shows, as well as several major motion pictures
-Their iTunes sales topped the folk charts in eight countries
-Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol nominated them for a Short List Music Prize
-Mandy Moore asked them to write with her and sing on her album
-They were invited to open for the Indigo Girls and invited onto the Hotel Café Tour
-They played the Oxegen Festival in Ireland, the Hurricane Festival in Germany, and T in the Park in Scotland
-JCPenney and Old Navy used their tunes as the theme songs for their major holiday TV campaigns

Watch the clip from "Dirty Sexy Money" below to hear The Weepies' featured song "Somebody Loved."



Listen to "Hideaway" below.

2 comments:

Heather said...

Oh man, if you like their new album you should listen to the previous one. Totally adorable and I love the poetry/images in most of the songs. Good stuff.

Annie said...

Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion I'll definitely have to check it out!

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