Don’t Weep For The Weepies


It doesn’t matter that the Weepies don’t get much airplay on the radio. The folk-pop act scores considerable time on television and film. The Weepies, who will perform an acoustic show Friday at the Theater of Living Arts, has hit a myriad of fans courtesy of song placements on such hit shows as ‘Scrubs,’ ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ just to name a few well-known programs.

“I’ll take it,” singer-songwriter Steve Tannen said while calling from Boston. “Sometimes people are watching something like ‘Scrubs’ and they’ll hear something they like and they’ll research it and there you go. They go out and get that song from that album. It’s great. We’ve benefitted greatly from television and film.”

Tannen and his co-conspirator Deb Talen, sings and writes along with her husband. “It’s great,” Talen said. “We enjoy working with each other even though we’re husband and wife. We enjoy being around each other all the time.”

The tandem travel along with their children, who are 3 and 1. The tykes are their sounding board. “We bounce tunes off of them and see what happens,” Tannen said. ”They have a good, honest ear, particularly our older child. We’ve been getting good feedback from them.”

The same can be said of their audience, which has embraced the group’s sound. The indie artists recently graduated to theaters.

“It’s blown our mind,” Tannen said. “I remember about five or six years ago, we toured out of our Toyota Corolla and played wherever they would have us. A friend in Minneapolis reminded us that the last time we played there, we were in a coffee shop. This time we played a big place. It’s surreal playing these big venues. We’re obviously connecting.”

It’s not difficult to see how the Weepies are connecting. The duo is adept at crafting smart, catchy love songs. The Weepies last album, 2010’s ‘Be My Thrill,’ is filled with calm, delicate love songs such as ‘Be My Honeypie,’ ‘I Was Made For Sunny Days’ and ‘When You Go Away.’

“We have a thing for love songs,” Tannen said. “We listen to Cole Porter, Scott Joplin and they each wrote such beautiful songs. There’s room for love songs and we’re inspired to write them. Our fans have let us know how much they like them. Because of their support, we’re playing these big, cool places. It’s awesome.”



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