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Editors’ Notes

The Whigs are a band who in 2014 are labeled “traditionalists” for playing the type of guitar-based rock ’n’ roll that from the '60s to the '90s was simply the way many bands did business. Marketing professionals called it classic rock; overnight, guitar-based rock that wasn’t punk, indie, or metal was in danger of being seen as retro. But there’s nothing old about the members of The Whigs. The Athens, Ga.–based trio merely play the music that comes naturally to them. Nowhere is that more obvious than on Modern Creation, where they recorded all 10 tracks live with limited takes at PLYRZ studios in Valencia, Calif., and completed the album in two weeks. Producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco) gives the group a crisp sound where Tim Deaux’s bass pulses with Julian Dorio’s drums so fluently that they appear to be making more music than is possible between two people. Singer/guitarist Parker Gispert uses the remaining room to sing and play deliberately thin, shimmering lines. “The Hit” crafts a bit of dance groove, while “Friday Night” goes for lean, tight rock. A solid album with two notable sides. 

Customer Reviews

Love it!

Another great album by an awesome band. These guys continue to push themselves and put out original rock music. Great in the studio. Fantastic live. Well done.

What

iTunes review makes no sense? My 5 year old knows more about music and could write a better review. Stop trying to sound smart and cool, your really not.

Indy in Indy

I was still enjoying the Whigs last record when Modern Creation came out today. Lucky to catch the news on the twitter, for some reason, iTunes didn't even render this album as "noteworthy." Huh. Have been a fan for a few years, and caught a couple of live Whigs shows. They work very hard but don't make it look like they are. Any new material from this trio is worth listening. So earnest, raw and memorable. Kind of a refined garage sound. Hit Me and the title cut are immediate standouts. One of my favorites (first review -- for me and them. Wow.)

Biography

Formed: Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Frontman Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio, and bassist Hank Sullivant formed the Whigs in 2002, while the three Athens-based musicians were attending college at the University of Georgia. With a jaunty mix of Westerberg-like swagger, alt-rock songwriting, and a heartfelt country disposition, the Whigs played their first shows around campus and soon graduated to higher-profile performances, including opening slots for the likes of the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and the Futureheads. Recording sessions...
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