THE WHIGS-“Mission Control”

Posted: January 19, 2008 by dillion in Indie rock

Blowing out your speakers next week should be The Whigs new record, “Mission Control.” Some folks make serious music, others come to party. The Whigs do a little of both, kinda like late-era Replacements, but the emphasis of the music is on powerful beats and heavy riffs. “Mission Control” is a solid album that doesn’t bother taking risks or making statements because it doesn’t have to. As soon as the first track, “Like a Vibration,” began, I was in pig heaven. Or I should say Whig heaven. It begins with one long, expanding, 12-second riff, before the vocals kick in and the stellar drums take control.

There’s so few bar bands making good, solid rock and roll these days that the Whigs are a welcome addition to 2008. If you don’t know The Whigs, you should.

For fans of: Johnny Lives!, Paul Westerberg, The Blakes, Marah, and good-time rock and roll.  Oh, and The Foo Fighters, because when my buddy was listening to this, he heard asked me, “Hey!  When did Dave Grohl let a new album out!”

Right Hand On My Heart

Like a Vibration

Whigs on tour:

01/25 Atlanta, GA/ The Earl =
01/26 Athens, GA/ 40 Watt
01/28 Late Show with David Letterman
01/30 Chapel Hill, NC/ Local 506
01/31 Baltimore, MD/ 8 X 10 #
02/01 Brooklyn, NY/ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
02/02 Philadelphia, PA/ Johnny Brenda’s #
02/04 Buffalo, NY/ The Mohawk
02/05 Toronto, ON/ Horseshoe
02/06 Pontiac, MI/ Crofoot
02/07 Cincinnati, OH/ Madhatter
02/08 Cleveland, OH/ Grog Shop
02/09 Chicago, IL/ Shubas
02/12 Minneapolis, MN/ Varsity
02/13 Madison, WI/ Majestic
02/14 St. Louis, MO/ Creepy Crawl =
02/15 Indianapolis, IN/ Birdy’s =
02/16 Milwaukee, WI/ Rave Bar =
02/22 Fayetteville, AR/ Majestic
02/23 Nashville, TN/ Mercy Lounge #
02/26 Asheville, NC/ Grey Eagle #
02/27 Charlotte, NC/ The Visulate #
02/28 Charlottesville, VA/ TBA #
03/01 Lexington, KY/ The Dame #
03/04 Omaha, NE/ Waiting Room #
03/06 Denver, CO/ Larimer Lounge #
03/07 Colorado Springs, CO/ TBA #
03/09 Albuquerque, NM/ Launchpad #
03/11 San Antonio, TX/ TBA #
# with the Spinto Band
* with Dead Confederate
= with Wax Fang

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