We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).
Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.
The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.
One more time:
Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.
Do to the Beast, The Afghan Whigs first full length record in over a decade and a half, is covered from track to track and from sleeve to spine with eager anticipation. The unveiling of the first single, ”Algiers”, made it instantly clear that the new record from Greg Dulli & Co. has earned all of that eager anticipation, hoopla, fanfare, etc. “The Lottery”, a second peek into DttB, just reinforces how welcome The Afghan Whigs’ return truly is. Listen to that track in the embedded player.
The Afghan Whigs On Tour Apr. 10 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (SOLD OUT) Apr. 14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir (SOLD OUT) Apr. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (SOLD OUT) May 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (SOLD OUT) May 16 - Boston, MA - Paradise (SOLD OUT) May 17 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (SOLD OUT) May 20 - Buenos Aires, AR - Teatro May 22 - Sao Paulo, BR - Audio May 23 - Porto Alegre, BR - Bar Opinao May 25 - Santiago, CL - Amanda Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockerfeller Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C Club Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Opener Festival Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival Jul. 07 - Milan, IT - Magnolia Jul. 11 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT) Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
A few weeks ago, we got to pleasure ourselves by announcing that The Afghan Whigs would be back in business after a 16+ year hiatus (yes, we were that excited) which was received by applause from you. Well, today, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone shared news of a new record, Do To The Beast, a brand new video for the new album track “Algiers”, and some words that they had with the man himself, Greg Dulli. Watch, read, and join the excitement party about the return of one of the keystone bands in the story of Sub Pop.
Pre-order Do To The Beasthere, and receive your vinyl order on the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record, in this case, on white. Oh, and watch the video in the embed!
The truly awesome fact that the Afghan Whigs are releasing their first record in 16 years is exciting enough for us to lose our proverbial shit over; the fact that we, Sub Pop Records, have the honor of putting it out is enough for us to lose our literal shit over. (Gross? Sure. True? Maybe.) With that said, mark your calendars for April 15th, 2014 as the day that The Afghan Whigs make a very welcome return into all of our lives with Do to the Beast, their first record in 16 years! More details will be on the way very soon, so check back in. Until then, rejoice, the prodigal sons have returned.
Originally released by Frank Ocean in 2011 on his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, “Lovecrimes” has become a staple of The Afghan Whigs’ live set since their reformation earlier this year. “Lovecrimes” is the second new studio recording from the band, following the release of “See and Don’t See” in May.
The Afghan Whigs have also just announced a number of new U.S. tour dates for their upcoming fall tour.
If you’re interested in hearing “Lovecrimes” and checking out the band’s upcoming tour dates, you can do so right here.