The Weepies, the husband and wife-duo of Steve Tannen and Deb Talan, brought their folk-pop harmonies to The Crocodile last night, a part of their first tour since 2006.
Blaming the long absence on the birth of their first child, Tannen joked that with the birth of their second they didn't have to be careful about parenting anymore. Instead, they just threw them on the tour bus.
Thank goodness, because four years is far too long to not witness the charm of The Weepies and their shimmering folk-pop melodies. Even with a backing band, all eyes are on Tannen and Talan, who flow effortlessly in and out of reflective, love-lost and love-gained sing-a-longs off this year's Be My Thrill.
After a one-song encore ("Nobody Knows Me At All") and a lengthy set of fan favorites ("Gotta Have You," "Just Blue," "World Spins Madly On"), the band took a bow to an audience that wasn't ready to see them off.
Steve and Deb: next time you're in town we expect a family band. Let's make it sooner rather than later.
The crowd: At capacity and moving thanks to the infectious energy of buzzing local openers The Head and the Heart, with plenty of people rushing to buy their debut album after the set. But the night belonged to the The Weepies - even Dave Matthews was in attendance. The Weepies reported via Twitter after the show that Matthews even asked to meet up with guitarist Meghan Toohey after the show.
Random Notebook Dump: Tannen explained that "Riga Girls," from 2005's Say I Am You, was written after he accidentally opened a spam email full of porn. And, of course, his wife walked into the room the moment it came up on his computer screen.
BTW: The place didn't clear out after The Head and the Heart seemingly lived up to the hype, a testament to The Weepies continued success.