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The Whigs Return to New York City Tomorrow Night

September 2nd, 2014

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivant (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, (stream it below) in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, Tim Deaux has replaced Stullvant, and the Whigs (above, performing “Hit Me” on Late Show with David Letterman) have remained busy, touring—alongside bands like Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Hold Steady—and recording rousing odes to swaggering rock and roll, the kind of music best heard with the windows open. Their fifth studio album, Modern Creation (stream it below), came out in April. “They’ve returned to loud guitars, but the touchstone isn’t ’90s alt. rock, it’s a fuzz-rich recreation of the ’70s—a hazy, pot-soaked acid rock,” according to AllMusic. “Modern Creation is something of a throwback: 40 minutes of fuzz designed to be heard five songs at a time.” And now the Whigs are about to hit the road again, kicking off a cross-country tour tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. Psych-pop trio Brass Bed and Brooklyn garage-soul duo Winstons open the show.

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The Whigs Play The Bowery Ballroom in Support of New Album

April 23rd, 2014

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivant (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, (stream it below) in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, Tim Deaux has replaced Stullvant, and the Whigs (above, performing “Waiting” for PromoWest Live) have remained busy, touring— alongside bands like Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Hold Steady— and recording rousing odes to swaggering rock and roll, the kind of music best heard with the windows open. Their fifth studio album, Modern Creation (stream it below), was just released. “They’ve returned to loud guitars, but the touchstone isn’t ’90s alt. rock, it’s a fuzz-rich recreation of the ’70s—a hazy, pot-soaked acid rock,” according to AllMusic. “Modern Creation is something of a throwback: 40 minutes of fuzz designed to be heard five songs at a time.” Now out on the road in support of the new tunes, the Whigs play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Nikki Lane and Streets of Laredo open the show.

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A Wild Night of Music at Mercury Lounge

July 3rd, 2013

Noah and the Megafauna/Jenny O. – Mercury Lounge – July 2, 2013


What do you call the Tuesday night of a three-day workweek? Regardless, it can throw the week off-kilter a bit, which is fine, because the music onstage last night at Mercury Lounge was also slightly off-kilter, in a very good way. Noah and the Megafauna headlined the early show, bringing to mind some sort of biblical flooding and pairs of animals crammed onto a boat. Well, there was plenty of cramming going on, with 10 musicians onstage, including a pair of guitars, a violin and a three-person reed section. The musical mix was about as motley as the ark must have been, a salad of gypsy jazz, Dixieland and baroque pop, surprisingly swinging and lots of fun. Definitely not the kind of sound the Merc is accustomed to, but maybe that was the point. Probably those left off the ark would’ve enjoyed it best. This was a set of songs for sinners, like “Moan All Night” with a dark, Arabian energy featuring solos from pretty much everyone. In between songs, the eponymous Noah sipped beer with one hand and did shots with the other, running the band like a mishmash jam session at a house party in ’30s Paris. After one slowed-down song in the middle of the show, things picked up with a series of exotic grooves, the band clicking on “On and On” amongst others.

The late-show headliner, Jenny O., is from Los Angeles by way of the “tri-state area,” which I believe is a euphemism for Long Island. Her music was a mélange of influences and styles, evoking Fleetwood Mac, Edie Brickell and Creedence Clearwater Revival throughout the set. She opened with “Learned My Lessons,” featuring a Simon & Garfunkel–feelin’ groovy vibe and followed it up with the dreamy, twangy title track off her wonderful new album, Automechanic. Jenny O. had a two-shots-and-two-tokes kind of giddiness going on, teetering a bit at the start, whether part of her thing or not. The band, dubbed the High Society, kept that precipice-dangling energy and focused it admirably. I was absolutely flummoxed when she announced a few songs later that this was actually her first time playing with them—and that they had only met a few hours earlier.

As the set unfolded, mostly with material off the new album, Jenny O. sharpened considerably, switching to electric guitar for some added ferocity. After a couple of solo acoustic numbers, including a cover of the Whigs’ “Rock and Roll Forever,” the show really got moving. “Come Get Me” was high-energy fun with a rocking guitar solo, and “Lazy Jane” was a highlight, the band tight as a veteran touring act and Jenny O. sounding like a slow-burning Stevie Nicks. The singer-songwriter’s voice was like a chameleon, her banter flavored with a mix of Southern, Los Angeles and New York accents, and her singing almost beautiful but absolutely enchanting. When the band exhausted all their prepared material, she returned for a solo encore, fulfilling the request for “Won’t Let You Leave” with her strongest vocal performance of the night and adding an unwound cover
of Paul Simon’s “Peace Like a River,” perfectly capping off this rare Thednesday night. —A. Stein

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Exclusive Video: The Whigs in a Mural Shop

November 28th, 2012

The Whigs—frontman Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio and bassist Timothy Deaux—have been making swaggering rock and roll together since meeting in college in Athens, Ga., a decade ago. Their recently released fourth album, Enjoy the Company, is a rousing ode to rock music. And even while playing a stripped-down version of one its songs, “Rock and Roll Forever,” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube, the upbeat energy still shines through.

And in a mural-painting shop in Brooklyn, the group’s three members talk about self-defining as musicians, owning their reputation as a raucous live band and making a “record that you put on and it makes you feel all right.” Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/TrWFaW. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more intimate interviews and cool performances like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.

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Two Nights of Two Great Bands

March 30th, 2010

Parker Gispert (guitar, keys and vocals), Julian Dorio (drums) and Hank Sullivan (bass) formed the Whigs in the music hotbed of Athens, Ga., while attending the University of Georgia. They played live shows for about three years before finally recording their frenetic garage-rock sound on their first album, Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, in 2005. A year later, Rolling Stone suggested that they “may well be the best unsigned band in America.” Since then, the Whigs have released two more albums, including In the Dark, which came out just two weeks ago.

Emma Richardson (bass and vocals), Matt Hayward (drums) and Russell Marsden (guitar and vocals) also met in college, in Southampton, England. They soon formed a band, Fleeing New York, and played as many London nightclubs as possible. They later changed the group’s name to Band of Skulls and put out an attention-grabbing demo in 2008. The following year, they released their bluesy debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, and toured the world. And now they’re back in our corner of it because the Whigs (above, playing “Already Young” and “Like a Vibration” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and Band of Skulls (below, playing “I Know What I Am” also on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) will take turns headlining tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom, which is sold out, and on Thursday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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SXSW – Friday

March 19th, 2010
Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Only one more day left at the IFC Crossroads House, and today will be tough to beat. The interesting Aussie music collective the Middle East led off the day. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel—She & Him—played with a backing band in the early afternoon. The sun was shining all day. People spilled out of work early, plus there are so many people in from out of town. So the IFC Crossroads House was packed all day. And everyone was pretty excited for Broken Social Scene. As always, they were great live, but they also proved to be hilariously entertaining. We headed back out to see other bands around town, and then we returned for the Whigs. I’d seen them play after Dawes at Lambert’s a couple of days ago. Just like then, the power trio killed it. Definitely check them out the next time you can. And you can check them out—plus all of the other action—tonight on IFC at 10 p.m. —R. Zizmor

Photo courtesy of Chris Reddish