The Weepies are currently in the middle of a 10-year anniversary tour for their album Hideaway (2008), so I thought it would be apt to revisit one of the folk-pop duo’s best known projects and share some of my favourite picks from it!
If you’re not familiar with The Weepies, they are an American band comprised of husband and wife musicians (how awesome!) Steve Tannen and Deb Talan. Yes, their names were already kismetically like that before they met. Even spookier is that the two were fans of each other’s music – again, before they’d even met. That obviously made it easier for them to eventually meet, which was at one of Tannen’s shows back in the early 2000s. They decided to join forces and if we fast-forward to today, they’ve released five studio albums (2015’s Sirens, the latest), got three kids, and as I mentioned before are now on this tour to celebrate 10 years since the release of Hideaway… I’m almost certain you’ve probably heard them on one of your favourite TV shows.
Let’s get right into it.
“All Good Things” is one of the best and one of the healthiest break-up songs, EVER. “Lost inside of my head, empty side of the bed, I fill this place without you / I keep pushing the bruise, ’cause I don’t wanna lose, what I loved about you” – the lyrics alone are astounding. I would write them all out so you could just appreciate the powerful concision with which they encapsulate the different stages (and that’s before you hear the mellow, melancholic music that goes with it) – but I won’t. Just listen.
Anytime I need cheering up, “Antarctica” gets a spin. And another. And another. Something about one good turn. It’s so fun, and I never thought a song could emulate the idea of an entire continent before. Much less one that no one really goes to… Lovers of travel, sheer joy, and, more importantly, puns: get your fill.
There are so many to choose from on the 14-track album, and popular numbers are – but not limited to – the opener “Can’t Go Back Now” (fun fact: the song was used in a commercial for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign), “Little Bird” and title track “Hideaway”, which basically gives you pleasant permission to take time out, disappear, fall of the radar, because “even the stars hide away“.
And for my final pick… You know when a song hits you a lot harder as you grow up and experience life? “Lighting Candles” is that one for me on this record. It’s always been beautiful, but the teenage me didn’t understand despair. (I’ll take this moment to say that it was my dad who put me onto them, so my dad’s probably* cooler than yours.) This song is a band-aid, a hug, a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea. GOD BLESS YOU, WEEPIES.
Catch The Weepies on the second leg of their US tour: theweepies.com/live
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