I’m so far inside you I’m your silhouette

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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.

Hurrah!

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. deKE says:

    Thats awesome J! It’s cool to get pumped over pre orders! Look at Mikey and the whole Deep Purple pre hype album E.P build up! Smart as well for bands to let the hardcore followers in on it so they can circle the date on their calenders!

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    1. J. says:

      Yeah, it’s something to look forward to, eh? In fact, I’ve preordered all the albums I’ve bought this year (when I say all, I mean three!)

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      1. deKE says:

        Haha….yeah we get pretty selective in our old age don’t we? Of course I’m speaking for myself!

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      2. J. says:

        Haha! Yeah, I’ve been tempted by stuff, but just not enough to buy. Some others I just can’t be bothered with!

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      3. deKE says:

        Like HMO says with spotify you can sample and if you like it than buy it…
        Apple Music i have been using quite a bit as well…

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  2. DanicaPiche says:

    Based on that write up it seems this album would be a great place to start with them.

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    1. J. says:

      Gentlemen or 1965 are the two I often suggest as starting points, but I don’t think they have a bad album.

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      1. stephen1001 says:

        I was going to ask – Gentlemen’s on the 1001 list, glad to hear that’s an appropriate starting point!

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      2. stephen1001 says:

        And also nice to hear they’re a remarkably consistent group too!

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      3. J. says:

        It’s a great starting point, Geoff. I really hope you enjoy it and I’ll be looking forward to your write-up (really good, and surprising, to hear it’s on the 1001!)

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  3. keepsmealive says:

    “I’m so far inside you I’m your silhouette…”

    I’ll take Odd Things To Say To Your Partner For 500, Alex! Hahaha 🙂

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    1. J. says:

      Nothing unusual for Mr Dulli…

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      1. keepsmealive says:

        For which we love him like a brother.

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  4. keepsmealive says:

    Hot damn, new AWs? Yes please.

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    1. J. says:

      It’s the best news. Hopefully Sub Pop get the press right first time!

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      1. keepsmealive says:

        You’d think they’d have it figured out by now, honestly.

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      2. J. says:

        You’d think so, but Do To The Beast…

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  5. Just a wee bit excited about this, then, Mr J?

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    1. J. says:

      Just a wee bit, Bruce… just a wee bit.

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  6. Exciting news! Know how much you love this band… and that cover! That would win cover of the week at HMO any time.

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    1. J. says:

      It’s a beauty, eh? I actually thought you might like it.

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      1. Yup! I’d be pretty happy if any of the bands I liked came out with that one. Don’t really know much from this band but they’re one of a rare elite.. a band I’ve seen on Jools Holland and actually liked!

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      2. J. says:

        Yas! Liking a band on Jools Holland is indeed a rare thing. It’s not a show for discovering new bands, as they’re usually all pretentious codswallop or ruined by his rhythm and blues piano accompaniment!

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      3. Exactly! Me and EvaOverload often put it on just cause we enjoy getting annoyed at it. Reminds me how good the stuff I like is!

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      4. J. says:

        Haha! I think I’ve watched 3 episodes over the last 10 years only because bands I like have been on it!

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  7. 80smetalman says:

    Not much experience with this band but what I’ve heard just now has me intrigued.

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    1. J. says:

      Dig in, sir. They really are a great band… loads of really great grooves and guitar sparring.

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  8. 1537 says:

    Did the Afghan Wigs ever split? or did they just go quiet for a while?

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    1. J. says:

      Well, I guess it depends. I remember the split announced (due to ‘geographic disparity’) and Dulli saying the Whigs reforming was unlikely, but he also said there wasn’t an official split and they gave us some new tunes in 2007 as part of a compilation before they fully reformed in 2011.

      Some would say it’s just the Twilight Singers with John Curley… to that I would say “pah phooey!”.

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      1. 1537 says:

        Strong words J, strong words.

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      2. J. says:

        I speak only the truth.

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  9. Jay says:

    It does sound pretty great!

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    1. J. says:

      You betcha!

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  10. vinnieh says:

    I am not familiar with the band, but damn you have me very intrigued.

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    1. J. says:

      That’s why I’m here, Vinnieh!

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      1. vinnieh says:

        And we are all grateful you’re here.

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  11. Craig Hughes says:

    I really must check out these Afghan Whigs of which you speak. Any recommendations for a starting point?

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    1. J. says:

      I’ve always considered Black Love to be a good starting point. Most would say Gentlemen, but Black Love is pretty brilliant.

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      1. Craig Hughes says:

        I’m preparing my ears as I type.

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      2. J. says:

        I hope you enjoy… let me know how you get on!

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