According to Webster's, Whigs were "members of a political party in England during the 18th to mid-19th century, which championed reform and parliamentary rights: It later became the Liberal Party." According to Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender and Stereogum.com, the Athens, Ga.-based rock trio The Whigs are a band worth listening to (regardless of political beliefs).
Fans of poppy garage-y indie rock will see why folks are writing about The Whigs. Their 2006 self-released debut, Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip, is a collection of songs that range from snarly to sweet to dead sexy, with vocalist/guitarist Parker Gispert growling out lyrics over drummer Julian Dorio's spot-on beats and bassist Hank Sullivant's pounding rhythms. The first time I heard "Technology," I had the same feeling of shock and awe as when I first heard the Strokes' "Last Nite," due somewhat to the similar grittiness and vocalization, but mostly because it just hits that place where pure rock lives. (On a side note: if those are not stage names, clearly some sort of fate brought these three guys together. With names like those, they couldn't be anything but a band—or maybe novelists.
For Mission Control, the follow up to Fat Lip, the three fellows enlisted the talents of producer by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) and the album is slated to drop on January 22. The Whigs are currently on tour with Wild Sweet Orange—another band you don't want to miss—playing shows that will make you stand up and pledge allegiance. Even if you're a Republican.
Nov. 6, with Wild Sweet Orange, 5:30 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange; 8 p.m., $8. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605.