Das beliebte Ehepaar und Indie Folk Duo THE WEEPIES meldet sich mit “Sirens” nach längerer Pause zurück. Im Interview spricht die Band über ihr neues Album und vieles mehr.

The Weepies stehen für Indie Folk der Extraklasse. Die Band besteht aus Deb Talan und Steve Tannen. Nach einer längeren Pause erscheint nun mit "Sirens" ein neues Album des Indie Folk Duo. Ende 2013 begannen Deb Talan und Steve Tannen an der Arbeit für "Sirens". Dann der große Schock: Um die Weihnachtszeit wurde bei Deb Talan Brustkrebs festgestellt. Wenige Tage darauf begann sie die Chemotherapie und stellte sich dem Kampf gegen die Krankheit. Das gesamte folgende 2014 stand für das Paar im Zeichen des Kampfes gegen den Brustkrebs. Zwischen der kräftezehrenden Chemotherapie, Operationen und Heimunterricht für die drei gemeinsamen Kinder fanden The Weepies trotzdem noch Zeit, um ein Album mit 16 Lieder aufzunehmen. Jetzt erscheint "Sirens", das fünfte Studioalbum der Band und markiert zugleich den Sieg von Deb Talan über den Krebs. Das Album ist eine gelungene und schöne Sammlung von romantischen Folkpop-Songs, die so manche Überraschung bereithalten.

Wie gewohnt, sind auch auf "Sirens" wieder jede Menge bekannte Gastmusiker zugegen. Man spürt deutlich den enormen Kraftaufwand, den Deb Talan erbracht hat, um dieses Album zu realisieren. Ihre Stimme klingt sehr emotional und teilweise auch zerbrechlich. Das macht dieses Album zu einem ganz besonderen Album. So bietet "Sirens" zwar jede Menge Melancholie, man sollte es darauf aber nicht verkürzen. Es finden sich sehr fröhliche Lieder, die sehr viel Lebensfreude ausstrahlen.

Nachdem Deb Talan den Krebs endlich besiegte, haben The Weepies spaßeshalber noch zwei Coverversionen aufgenommen, die Teil von "Sirens" wurden: „Volunteer“ von Mark Geary und den alten Tom-Petty-Klassiker „Learning To Fly“. So ist „Sirens“ ein abwechslungsreiches Album geworden, das die Geschichte einer schwierigen Zeit erzählt, ohne dabei die schönen Dinge des Lebens zu vergessen.

Your Album „Sirens“ will be released on April 24th in Germany. What can we expect and how would you describe your music?

“Sirens” is the creative record of a year, made upstairs in a musician’s household while battling cancer. Deb went from Stage 2 to Stage 3, and then beat it until she was in full remission. The outlet for that roller coaster ride was our time in the Studio in the attic, above it all, making this. There are some very strange moments, some urgent, and big highs and lows. We also got help from some of favorite musicians in the world – Pete Thomas from the Attractions, Tony Levin, Gerry Leonard – so there’s a lot of love on it. It hangs together like a musical photo album.

What are your plans for 2015?

Tour, Tour, Tour, Tour, Tour!! With our 3 kids. It’s going to be nuts, and we are very excited and a little scared. We haven’t played in public in 4 years.

You write your songs by yourself. How important is that fact?

It’s part of who we are – we are obsessive writers. Even in chemo treatment, with the tubes in her arms, Deb was writing and drawing. We wrote probably 100 Songs for this, but when we were in the studio, we felt free to do whatever we wanted – the Studio is about catching a particular moment if you can. So even with all these new songs, which we did record, we also wound up covering two other writers on this record, just because it felt right – one Tom Petty song (Learning to Fly) and a Mark Geary tune called “Volunteer” which is a Song about a whole life of longing. Both were the results of particular days in the Studio.

How do you feel listening to your own music?

Very critical, but we only release music we can continue to feel the emotion of, and connect with, after the 20th or 50th listen, which is necessary in the mixing, mastering and releasing process. When we happen to hear it out in the world, for example in a store or airport, we often feel less critical, and sometimes even enjoy it, for the first time since the creation of it.

How did you start your music career?

Out of necessity – neither of us is really suited to do anything else. Deb was a great teacher, but couldn’t get up early enough each day and would stay up late playing music. Steve worked in several corporate jobs but kept getting fired for using company time to write songs.

What else would you do if you haven’t started a music career?

Likely we would have had to stay with our last jobs – Deb as a Starbucks barista and Steve as a word processor – but we definitely would still be doing music and writing, just not being able to pay rent with it. Some people say they have a “calling” but that doesn’t feel quite right - it’s more of an existential obsession, not really a profession. We don’t get up and work, instead we’ll be woken up by a phrase and have to get up to find a pen or guitar to write something down.

Do you like performing live on stage?

The Connection to many People at once is unlike anything else, it’s addicting. But both of us also have stage fright, so it’s a love-hate Relationship.

What’s your favourite place to go?

Home, after traveling.


Das Interview mit The Weepies führte Richard-Heinrich Tarenz

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