The Afghan Whigs announce new album, In Spades, share video for “Demon in Profile” — watch

"Spooky" effort is out this May

    Alt-rock icons The Afghan Whigs have announced a new full-length album called In Spades. Due out May 5th via Sub Pop, the 12-track LP follows the band’s 2014 comeback effort, Do to the Beast, which was their first since 1998.

    Bandleader Greg Dulli wrote and produced In Spades himself, and inoperable cancer be damned, guitarist Dave Rosser is also a featured contributor. Recording sessions took place in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Joshua Tree. In a press release, Dulli called the material “spooky.” “I like that it’s veiled,” he went on. “It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”

    As a first listen, the band has shared the album’s lead single, “Demon in Profile”. The song creeps along foreboding piano and bass until horns punch through the eeriness. In the Phil Harder-directed video for the track, Har Mar Superstar appears to be getting ready for a show. However, the makeup and prep is interspliced with images of a goat-headed creature, a roller-skater on fire, and other off-putting images, giving the impression that this Superstar made an unsavory deal to gain his screaming fans. Check it out below.


    Pre-orders for In Spades are going on here, with those who purchase the LP version receiving the “Loser Edition” on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl.

    In Spades Album Artwork:

    In Spades Tracklist:
    01. Birdland
    02. Arabian Heights
    03. Demon in Profile
    04. Toy Automatic
    05. Oriole
    06. Copernicus
    07. The Spell
    08. Light as a Feather
    09. I Got Lost
    10. Into the Floor

    The Afghan Whigs have also announced a European tour in support of the new album. Find the itinerary below.


    The Afghan Whigs 2017 Tour Dates:
    05/26 – Manchester, UK @ Cathedral
    05/27 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
    05/28 – Dublin, IE @ Academy
    05/30 – London, UK @ Koko
    06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
    06/03 – Bologna, IT @ Zona Roveri
    06/04 – Zagreb, HR @ Tvornica Kulture
    06/06 – Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
    06/07 – Berlin, DE @ Kesselhaus
    06/09 – Aarhus, DK @ Northside Festival
    06/10 – Oslo, NO @ Vulkan
    06/12 – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
    06/13 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
    06/14 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
    06/15 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
    08/04 – Vienna, AT @ WUK
    08/05 – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
    08/06 – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
    08/08 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle
    08/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso