The Afghan Whigs Do To The Beast on 180g 45RPM 2LP + Download Coupon
Do to the Beast is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, OH in 1988, the band has long stood out from its peers, with their savage, rapturous blend of hard rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli’s searing angst and obsessions. The new album is both a homecoming – it marks their return to Sub Pop, for whom the Whigs were the first signing from outside the label’s Northwest base – and a glimpse into the future of one of the most acclaimed bands of the past twenty-five years.
Do to the Beast is an appropriately feral title for one of the most intense, cathartic records of Dulli’s entire career. It adds fresh twists to The Afghan Whigs canon: there’s the film noir storytelling of Black Love, the exuberance of 1965, the brutal introspection of Gentlemen. However, the album exudes a galvanized musical spirit and rhythmic heft that suggest transcendence and hope amidst the bloodletting.
Recorded in L.A., New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Joshua Tree – a virtual map of the band’s past and present homes, the album features Whigs co-founders Greg Dulli and John Curley, along with the core band of guitarists Dave Rosser and Jon Skibic, multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson, and drummer Cully Symington.
Also featured are soul iconoclast Van Hunt, Mark McGuire (Emeralds), Johnny “Natural” Nagera (Usher’s musical director), Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys), Clay Tarver (Bullet LaVolta, Chavez) and Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal) among others. Gatefold 180g 45 rpm 2LP-set with 16-page booklet and MP3 download coupon.
The Afghan Whigs Do To The Beast Track Listing:
1. Parked Outside
3. It Kills
5. Lost in the Woods
1. The Lottery
2. Can Rova
3. Royal Cream
4. I Am Fire
5. These Sticks