The New Tragedies: 'Lipstick Kiss' During a hiatus of his former band, The Paper Hearts, Aaron Weidner set out to form The New Tragedies. However, the band didn't excel until Bev joined the group a year later. Their debut album, VanityVanity, is a collection of sullen indie pop.
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The New Tragedies: 'Lipstick Kiss'

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The New Tragedies: 'Lipstick Kiss'

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The New Tragedies is a husband-wife duo.

During a hiatus of his former band, The Paper Hearts, in 2003, Aaron Weidner set out to form The New Tragedies. He hoped to combine Americana with other artists he admired, such as Nick Drake, The Shins, Ida and Mark Kozelek. However, the band didn't excel until Bev joined the group a year later. Taking a cue from their pleasing harmonies, the two married soon after. Their debut album VanityVanity, with the song "Lipstick Kiss," features their sullen indie pop touched with alt-country and full of strings, pedal steel and guitar.

Based in Kansas City, Mo., the band has been playing around the Midwest for over two years. Singer Weidner writes songs that feel like confessions. He also strums the guitar while Bev handles bass guitar, sings and plays the glockenspiel. On their album, Jason Wright plays drums and percussion, Chris Braun takes over piano and cello and Nate Hofer joins on the pedal steel.

The New Tragedies can play a stripped-down set as a duo or a full-sounding show with a rotating roster of musicians. Though their songs consist of soft acoustic ballads, the band says when they play in noisy, crowded bars, they turn "chaos into stunned, submissive silence."