So, I pre-ordered In Spades today. What’s that? Well, it’s only the new album from The Afghan whigs. The news popped up on one of the social media feeds yesterday and I’ve been hitting the video for the lead single, Demon In Profile pretty hard.
As you’ll no doubt know about me already, I’m a bit of a fan of this band and I’ve been pretty excited about the prospect of a new Whigs album for a while now. However, I wasn’t expecting one until a bit later in the year, so this has come as a bit of a treat and there’s now a big enthusiastic circle around May 5th.
Here’s a wee bit of what Sub Pop have on their site:
“Cleromancy” isn’t a word one normally finds in rock lyrics. Then again, In Spades – the forthcoming album by The Afghan Whigs, from which the new song “Oriole” hails – is defined only by its own mystical inner logic. The term means to divine, in a supernatural manner, a prediction of destiny from the random casting of lots: the throwing of dice, picking a card from a deck. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery.
On the one hand, In Spades is as quintessentially Afghan Whigs as anything the group has ever done – fulfilling its original mandate to explore the missing link between howling Midwestern punk like Die Kreuzen and Hüsker Dü, The Temptations’ psychedelic soul symphonies, and the expansive hard-rock tapestries of Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the same time, this new record continues to push beyond anything in the Whigs’ previous repertoire – another trademark, along with the explosive group dynamic captured on the recording.
Sounds pretty great, right?
Well, I thought so. I also reckon the first Demon In Profile is a pretty brilliant track.
And the video’s pretty great too.
… oh, and they’re swinging by Glasgow on their European Tour, so that pleases me no end.