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New Music From The Afghan Whigs!

The Afghan Whigs announced their first studio album in five years How Do You Burn?, which is set for release on September 9th via Royal Cream/BMG. Also out now is the second song taken from the new album titled “The Getaway.”

The band will embark on an extensive tour in support of How Do You Burn? this fall in the United States and Europe, kicking off in Minneapolis on September 9th at the Fine Line and ending at the newly reopened KOKO in London on November 6th.  Tickets are on sale now for all fall shows.   

How Do You Burn?, their ninth album overall and following on from the brace of widely acclaimed records they’ve made previously since re-grouping in 2012, Do to the Beast (2014) and In Spades (2017). How Do You Burn? picks up the baton laid down by each of those records and runs it to the horizon. Work on it was begun in September 2020 – the COVID pandemic having forced Whigs frontman/songwriter Greg Dulli to abandon plans to tour his highly praised solo album, ‘Random Desire’ – and continued over the next 14 months. 

The global pandemic dictated also that the band record largely apart from, and in different locations to, each other: Dulli, his co-producer Christopher Thorn and drummer Patrick Keeler together in California; bassist John Curley, guitarist Jon Skibic and strings man Rick Nelson laying down and engineering their own parts in Cincinnati, New Jersey and New Orleans, respectively.  

“Once we got the system down, we started flying,” says Dulli. 

For his supporting cast, Dulli called upon several serial collaborators including the late Mark Lanegan, who was a regular in Dulli’s Twilight Singers, a partner in The Gutter Twins and a close friend.  Lanegan makes his Afghan Whigs debut singing backup vocals on two tracks.  “It was Mark who named the album,” Dulli remarked.

Susan Marshall, who sang on the Whigs album 1965, returns to the fray for “Catch A Colt,” one of the album’s standout tracks, loose-limbed like Some Girls-era Rolling Stones and with the liquid polyrhythms of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk

The multi-talented Van Hunt, who toured with the Whigs in 2012 and guested on Do to the Beast, brings his stacked-up, wall-of-sound vocals to both the plunging, voodoo-blues of “Jyja” and the audacious “Take Me There”, transforming the latter, says Dulli, “into this feral gospel song. We sing really well together, but what Van does production-wise… it’s unrelenting.”

Then there’s Marcy Mays, lead vocalist on ‘My Curse’, the torch-song highlight of 1993’s seminal ‘Gentlemen’ album, reprising her role here on the celestial “Domino and Jimmy”, playing Stevie Nicks to Dulli’s Lindsey Buckingham. “I wrote that song with Marcy in mind,” says Dulli. “No-one sounds like her; she’s got an incredibly unique, emotional and evocative voice.”

The Afghan Whigs – Dulli, Curley, Nelson, Keeler and with Christopher Thorn now joining the band on guitar – will take How Do You Burn? out on the road beginning this spring.  Beyond that, says Dulli, their future is gloriously wide open.

How Do You Burn? Track List 

  1. I’ll Make You See God 
  2. The Getaway
  3. Catch A Colt 
  4. Jyja
  5. Please, Baby, Please
  6. A Line Of Shots 
  7. Domino and Jimmy
  8. Take Me There
  9. Concealer
  10. In Flames

U.S. MAY 2022 TOUR DATES  

05/11         Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

05/12                Tampa, FL The Orpheum

05/13                Orlando, FL The Social 

05/14                Atlanta, GA Terminal West

05/15                Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

05/17                Nashville, TN The Basement East

05/18                Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall

05/20                St. Louis, MO   Delmar Hall

05/21                Milwaukee, WI   Turner Hall Ballroom

05/22                Indianapolis, IN   The Vogue

05/24                Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre

05/25                Brooklyn, NY  Music Hall of Williamsburg 

06/01 Los Angeles, CA YouTube Theater

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Upcoming Shows

Tuesday, October 19th

The New Pornographers  and Tokyo Police Club – 8:00 @ Diesel

Friday, October 22nd

An Evening with Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) with special guest Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think)  – 9:30 @ Brillobox

Tuesday, October 26th

Phantogram w/ special guest Josiah Wolf – 8:00 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Bear In Heaven w/ special guests Lower Dens and Sun Airway – 9:00 @ Brillobox

Wednesday, October 27th

Bettie Serveert w/ Atlas and Aaron Jentzen – 9:00 @ Brillobox

Tuesday, November 2nd

Frightened Rabbit w/ Plants and Animals and The Phantom Band – 8:00 @ Diesel

Thursday, November 11th

Brendan Benson and The Posies with special guests Aqueduct – 8:00 @ Mr. Smalls

Saturday, November 13th

Wakey! Wakey! w/ Jenny Owen Youngs – 9:30 @ Brillobox

Saturday, November 27th

Donavon Frankenreiter w/ special guest Ximena Sarinana – 9:00 @ Mr. Smalls

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