The Afghan Whigs are back again with an upcoming album called In Spades that’s to be released on Sub Pop Records this May. The alternative rockers called it quits for over ten years before going on a reunion tour in 2012, and then realizing after that that the band actually did want to keep making music. But they’d do it without any pressure, for the simple love of music, without any expectations. They released a new album called Do to the Beast in 2014, re-released Gentleman (Deluxe Edition), as well as the 20th Anniversary Edition of Black Love in 2016. And now they’re going on world tour in support of their new record.
The Afghan Whigs’ sound is prime 90’s rock–alternative with doses of grunge–and was said to be heavily influential for later bands like Interpol, Jimmy Eat World and The Gaslight Anthem. And as their albums continued throughout the 90s, the band also continued to explore themselves by releasing songs that were dark and intense, full of power and grit, which you can hear on song like “Step into the Light” and “Neglekted.”
The band has learned a lot over the years that they spent together and apart, switching lineups, and making sense of the past and future. But it’s exactly what’s fueled Greg Dulli into writing this new record–one that he’s poured his heart and soul into, and welcomes both old and new fans into their world of soulful, experimental rock that is The Afghan Whigs.
w/ The Budos Band