The Whigs – “Rock and Roll Forever”
Pairs Well With…The Foo Fighters, Weezer, The Who
2013 OEB top pick The Whigs have booked SXSW once again, still heavy on the touring circuit behind 2012’s excellent Enjoy The Company. Taking the opportunity to reengage the record has proven the power in The Whigs’ rock and roll songwriting with a particular, mature mastery. Is something new on the way? Hopefully soon, but no studio updates have surfaces and the road continues on for The Whigs in the early part of 2014.
2013 Review: Though The Whigs have been gigging for over a decade, this is actually my first time giving the Athens, GA rock band their fair shake. I’ve had my ear out for a great rock band these last few sets and have commonly come up short. The Whigs break the pattern wonderfully as I’m listening through 2012’s excellent Enjoy The Company. In one way, The Whigs are a tight power pop band full of precise melodies and fist-pumping choruses. The true art of what The Whigs accomplish is how much they pay attention to just plain rocking. Songs like “Gospel” and “Waiting” exhibit a tied-in rhythm section that is often overlooked with bands focusing on instrumental dynamics so much these last couple of years. That aside, it’s worth mentioning the epic “Staying Alive”, a mini-rock opera that sounds like this year’s “A Quick One That Got Away”.