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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:15

The Whigs 10/31/12

The Whigs at 88.1 KDHX The Whigs at 88.1 KDHX
Written by Robin Wheeler
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  • Date Recorded: October 31, 2012
  • Artist / Band: The Whigs
  • Hosting Show: Music at Work
  • Sound: Andy Coco

The Whigs have married indie-pop witticisms and bare-bones three-piece rock 'n' roll blowouts for over a decade. The Athens, Ga. trio has seen its share of opening slots, always filled with explosive energy that's a headliner's dream.

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On their own, the band maintains the energy and noise. Nourished on feedback, they recall the glory days of '90s guitar rock without sounding dated. A tight collection of bombastic rock that doesn't need a more specific label, their 2008 debut, "Mission Control," set the template for two more albums of concise verse-chorus-verse pop punctuated with extended, big rock endings. Their most recent release, "Enjoy the Company," maintains the style.

In the 88.1 KDHX studio, however, the band takes it down a few notches with softened translations of its songs. Forget the feedback and fill the space with acoustic and slide guitar. Such is the strength of the band's songwriting: it can take the same songs from an arena-ready frenzy to thought-provoking restraint without sacrificing meaning or fire.

All photos by Virginia Harold.

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