Since they met in a Cambridge folk club 9 years ago, The Weepies have progressed from an indie duo playing house concerts, to ranks on the Billboard Charts. Though they now have sales in the hundreds of thousands, the Weepies have kept a surprisingly low profile; they haven't toured at all since 2006.
"Our son was born right as we finished HIDEAWAY," (Nettwerk, 2008) says Steve Tannen. "Touring was out. It was a huge change from the 180 shows of the SAY I AM YOU release (Nettwerk, 2006)." The band was kept in the spotlight by dozens of uses in TV shows and films, including a prominent campaign ad for Barack Obama.
"It was pretty surreal to stay at home while the music went out into the world," adds Deb Talan. "But staying at home got us back into writing that much more quickly."
Crystallizing their organic acoustic sound and pop harmonies, the California duo has come up with their deepest, most accessible record yet. Third in a trilogy for Nettwerk Records, The Weepies once again worked with drummer Frank Lenz, guitarist Meg Toohey and string player Oliver Kraus, adding bass legends Tony Levin and Larry Klein to the mix.
"This is the most fun we've had making a record," says Deb. "We took as much time as we needed at every step, and taking that pressure off made the whole thing a little lighter."
"It took a year," adds Steve. "We wrote something like 70 tunes, and were able to experiment quite a bit before these 14 songs emerged as the record."
That process has paid off artistically with this wonderful new collection. BE MY THRILL is a showcase for the duo's powerhouse songwriting and unique harmonies, ranging from the Cole-Porter-Esque "They're in Love" to the Dusty Springfield-like "When You Go Away."
The Weepies will be appearing on the 2010 Lilith Tour this summer. Be My Thrill will be released August 31, 2010.
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN
Once upon a time, there was a youg man named Matt Sever. He lived in Austin, TX, and he worked as a journeyman electrician. Every morning, when it was still dark outside, he would go to work, and wire houses all day long in the blistering Texas heat. When he would come home, again, it was dark outside. And then, sometimes, with no time to shower or change his clothes, he would go straight to the bars and nightclubs of Austin to play his songs for whomever would listen. And he would apologize for his appearance, and explain to the audience that he was an electrician, and he found a certain nobility in this, even if no one wanted to sit too close to the stage. So they called him Matt The Electrician, and he did not mind this, for he was proud of himself, for there is no shame in a hard days work.
But eventually, he quit his job as an electrician, to spend more time writing and playing songs, and the name stuck with him, because everyone needs an electrician sometimes. And there are some who say, that when the moon is full, and Jupiter is aligned with Mars, you can often hear Matt The Electrician in the distance, wiring a house, and whistling softly to himself.
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