(Photo Credit: Sharon Alagna)
There were a plethora of alternative rock bands that made the jump onto a major label in the 90’s following Nirvana, but few flourished like the Afghan Whigs. Although frontman and songwriter Greg Dulli had often said that the band would never come back together following a 2001 dissolution, the members reunited in 2012 and have released 2014’s Do to the Beast.
In Spades, the group’s upcoming 8th album will be available on CD/180 gram-LP/CS/DL worldwide on May 5th via Sub Pop. The album is being first introduced to fans with the lead single “Demon In Profile.” The album was written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.
The album is a searing and soulful rock effort that emphasizes its pop instincts while contrasting with the seductive themes found throughout. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery.
“It’s a spooky record,” said Dulli. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”
Dulli sat for an interview earlier today with BBC 6 Music to premiere “Demon In Profile,” which you can listen to here.
The Afghan Whigs have also delivered a new video for “Demon In Profile,” directed by longtime collaborator Phil Harder.
In Spades is now available for preorder from Sub Pop, The Afghan Whigs official website, and select independent retailers. LP pre-orders will receive the “Loser” edition on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design, along with cassette versions of The Afghan Whigs’ classic Sub Pop albums Up In It and Congregation, will also be available.
Check out the music video for “Demon In Profile,” the album cover and tracklist below.
In Spades Tracklist
02. Arabian Heights
03. Demon in Profile
04. Toy Automatic
07. The Spell
08. Light as a Feather
09. I Got Lost
10. Into the Floor