|Though many musical styles emerged in the late 1980s and early 90s, few proved to be as popular as alternative rock. This post-grunge genre, with its emphasis on crunchy, distorted guitars and catchy, yet introspective lyrics ruled rock radio for nearly a decade. Fans of the genre can catch one of the most influential bands of the scene at a nearby venue when they pickup Afghan Whigs tickets.
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1986, the Whigs are led by singer and principal songwriter Greg Dulli, lead guitarist Rick McCollum and bassist John Curley. These artists were initially drawn together by their mutual love of Mo-Town era R&B, yet would develop their own unique take on rock n' roll that combines elements of punk, classic rock, soul and folk music.
Shirking the conventions of many of their contemporaries, much of the band's original lineup would remain intact throughout their history. Though some drummers have come and gone in the interim, the Whigs have retained their signature sound, which has been cited as a defining influence among many of modern indie and rock music's most prominent acts including Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, The Hold Steady and Interpol.
Throughout the years, the group has put out seven full-length albums, the most recent of which was 1998's critical darling, 1965. Under a sea of controversy, the band would break up in 2001, with Dulli telling the press that different familial and geographic issues lead to the split, and that there were no hard feelings to be found.
Though the group would reunite for a few isolated performances in 2006 and 2007, they wouldn't officially reform until 2012 when the band, still boasting all three original members, would hit the major festival circuit. Though no new album has yet been announced, the Whigs have released two new recordings for free on their website.
In addition to its compelling catalogue of rock, soul and pop tunes, the band has also developed a reputation for its unique selection of cover tunes, particularly at live shows. The Afghan Whigs have been known to perform tracks by classic artists like the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Supremes and Prince as well as more contemporary acts like PJ Harvey, the Fugees and TLC.