Once upon a time, Cincinnati foursome The Afghan Whigs
became one of the first bands not
from the Pacific Northwest to make waves on the then-hip Seattle imprint Sub Pop, as well as one of the first college-rock acts to infuse its voluminous indie darkness with a heaping helping of soul. Five classic albums later, right around the dawn of the millennium, the group went on an open-ended hiatus that ended in 2012 with festival gigs, tours, late-night TV appearances and even a couple of new tunes.
This morning, both the band and Sub Pop announced via separate press releases that the first AW full-length in more than a decade and a half, Do To The Beast, will come out bearing the logo of the label that helped make the Whigs even cooler than the busted, dark-hearted libido of frontman Greg Dulli possibly could've on its own.
Look for the new album (cover below) to drop April 15 in the U.S., right between The Afghan Whigs' twin Coachella performances on April 11 and 18.
- Aghan Whigs - new album cover