Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tracking: The Whigs

Rolling Stone calls them:
"A fiery, young and timelessly tuneful rock trio from Athens, Georgia -- may well be the best unsigned band in America."

ATO Records took care of that last part, by signing them and re-releasing their debut Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip. ATO generally doesn't go wrong with its artist roster (Mike Doughty, North Mississippi All-Stars, etc.) so you know they're worth a listen.

Sometimes it just takes a week.

Every once in awhile while I'm actually hard at work, my iTunes will wander. Most of the time I know where it goes, however, sometimes a song from uncharted territory will find its way into the queue. The Whigs, specifically "Technology" found the balance between being instantly familiar and being unable to place the song/artist playing from my computer.

I never thought Kings of Leon's "Southern Strokes" label fit the Followill brothers all that well, but the Whigs of Athens, Ga., might be the band that wears that brand well -- at least with "Technology." The song is a looser take on "Take It Or Leave It," full taut guitars, vocal distortion and that rhythm the Strokes practically invented back in Ought-one.


The Whigs || Technology (Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip)
The Whigs || Don't Talk Anymore (Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip)

(Songs are for sampling purposes only. Hosted by rapidshare.de and are available until 30 days after the last download. Please support the band however you can. Thanks.)

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