Exclusive: Listen to The Weepies New Title Song 'Sirens,' from Their First New Album in Five Years
Beloved indie-folk duo The Weepies are back!
Husband and wife Deb Talan and Steve Tannen are returning with Sirens, their first full-length release in five years, dropping April 28.
"This was a helluva a year for us Weepies. Frightening dire diagnoses, hospitals, and helping angels everywhere, but it seemed like maybe this was also the end of everything -- like the journey was over," Steven Tannen tells Billboard about the past few years, which included Talan's breast cancer diagnosis.
"Sirens were mermaids that led sailors to their doom with their sweet voices. It's also a reference to an ambulance siren, and together they summed up the feeling of the year: otherworldly, hopeful, terrible," Tannen explains about the album's title. "This album is a record of that time for us, when all of that was front and center. Deb sings 'for me, for you, for me, for you, for you, for you, for you' as an echo of the wee-ooo wee-ooo of an ambulance siren. Then the cello comes in with a super-low sad tone, the piano does a higher and more beautiful echo -- but it's all way underneath, and the backstory is way underneath -- you can't really speak of it."
Listen to the title track below, which Billboard is exclusively premiering.
For the first time in five years, the band is heading out on tour. They start their U.S. tour May 29 in Madison, Wis. The full list of tour dates is below.
Fri, May 29 Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
Sat, May 30 Chicago, IL @ Park West
Sun, May 31 Minneapolis, MN @ Fitzgerald Theatre
Tue, June 2 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Wed, June 3 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Thur, June 4 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Fri, June 5 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Sun, June 7 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Tue, June 9 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
Wed, June 10 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Thur, June 11 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Fri, June 12 Albuquerque, NM @ BioPark Zoo (Zoo Music Concert Series)
Sat, June 13 Boulder, CO @ TBA
Mon, June 15 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
Tue, June 16 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
Thur, June 18 Nashville, TN @ City Winery
Fri, June 19 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sat, June 20 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Sun, June 21 Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre
Mon, June 22 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
Tue, June 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Thur, June 25 Norwalk, CT @ Norwalk Concert Hall
Fri, June 26 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
Sat, June 27 New York, NY @ Town Hall
Sun, June 28 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mon, June 29 Traverse City, MI @ City Opera House
Tue, June 30 Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag
Wed, July 1 Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre