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The Whigs

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 for the band's debut album, Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip, took place in an empty frat house several years later, and the disc was independently released in 2005. By the following year, the Whigs' audience had widened considerably, prompting Rolling Stone to hail the trio as one of "10 Artists to Watch." The bandmates graduated from college that spring, and ATO Records signed them to its roster before the year was up.

Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip was released again in 2005, this time with ATO's help. Despite the surge of good luck, Sullivant soon exited the group to pursue a solo career as Kuroma -- a project he eventually put on hold in order to join MGMT's backup band -- and Tim Deaux climbed aboard as his replacement. With a revised lineup in place, the Whigs traveled to Los Angeles in 2007 to begin work on their sophomore album, eventually announcing its completion that October. Mission Control was issued in January 2008, and the band supported its release with a series of late-night TV performances and tour dates alongside the Drive-By Truckers, the Kooks, and Kings of Leon. They returned to the road with Kings of Leon in early 2009, and spent much of the remainder of the year writing songs for a third album. Recorded in Athens with producer Ben Allen (who had spent the previous year recording Animal Collective's highly acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion), In the Dark was completed in late 2009 and released the following March.

The Whigs supported In the Dark with an extensive tour that ran into 2011, and then began working on a new album, their first for New West Records. That album, titled Enjoy the Company, appeared in the fall of 2012. Two years later, the group delivered Modern Creation and in 2016 they released Live in Little Five, which was only available on vinyl and as a digital download. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Modern Creation

1. You Should Be Able To Feel It

2. Asking Strangers For Directions

3. The Particular

4. Hit Me

5. Modern Creation

6. Friday Night

7. She Is Everywhere

8. Too Much In The Morning

9. I Couldn't Lie

10. The Difference Between One And Two

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Track List: Enjoy The Company

1. Staying Alive

2. Gospel

3. Tiny Treasures

4. Summer Heat

5. After Dark

6. Waiting

7. Couple Of Kids

8. Thank You

9. Rock And Roll Forever

10. Ours

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Track List: In The Dark

1. Hundred/Million

2. Black Lotus

3. Kill Me Carolyne

4. Someone's Daughter

5. So Lonely

6. Dying

7. I Don't Even Care About The One I Love

8. Automatic

9. I Am For Real

10. In The Dark

11. Naked

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Track List: Mission Control

1. Like A Vibration

2. Production City

3. I Never Want To Go Home

4. Right Hand On My Heart

5. Sleep Sunshine

6. 1000 Wives

7. Hot Bed

8. Already Young

9. I Got Ideas

10. Need You Need You

11. Mission Control

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Track List: Give 'em All A Big Fat Lip

1. Nothing Is Easy

2. Can't Hear You Coming

3. Technology

4. Written Invitation

5. Don't Talk Anymore

6. Violet Furs

7. Half The World Away

8. O. K, Alright

9. Say Hello

10. Give 'em All A Big Fat Lip

11. All My Banks

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Track List: Waiting (Single)

6. Waiting

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saw them open for kings of leon in front of thousands of people and they were great. . . saw them play for 2 dozen people at club hell in providence and they were great again !!!
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victoriaelai n e f r i c k
I just saw them in Columbus last Friday. It was a great show! I highly recommend them live.
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hunter.oxley
January 17th in Columbus! I'm there! I saw Manchester Orchestra last night and that show absolutely rocked!
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best band in the world
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greatcatchy indie rock,
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saw them in omaha.. and they blew me away. amazing!
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AWESOME BAND :)
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Saw them with the kings in Dallas, great band, i liked the shake dance thing too.
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just saw them Kings of Leon in West Palm!!!! Freakin' AMAZING in concert!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Would love to see them live again... Parker's little shake dance is my FAV!
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the guitar solo in "half the world away" always makes my day!
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Amazing band...I use to jam out with parker in my attic! GO Whigs!
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i really like the whigs they got a good sound
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anyone know where to find their lyrics???
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The Whigs live shows are absolutely amazing -- I highly recommend them if you like high energy live shows with a raw sound to it
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sarahj2392
this is also another good band to listen to. They're absolutely awesome as well. LOVE their music!(:
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Pandora always plays The Whigs back to back with Dead Confederate. . . . f u n n y . . . I mean..they'r e both from Athens...and they even play shows together...b u t the music is not the same...not really even that similar....P a n d o r a is strange.
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I played with these guys a couple of times (rehearsing as the 2nd guitarist).. . . . t h e y are a badass, powerful band. Jamming with them in their rehearsal made me see what an amazing drummer Julian is. Parker is a hell of a guy and can write a hook....all around solid band.
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there is alot of videos of them on youtube...I love this band
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I have a couple videos I filmed from Nov... http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / u s e r / k e m p e n j l I am seeing them tomorrow with Kings of Leon in Chicago, and will have some videos then. Great band.
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luvufatone
I found this video of The Whigs performing at a music festival in Albany.

http://www.m y d a m n c h a n n e l . c o m / M N / M u s i c _ N i g h t s / S o C o M u s i c E x p e r i e n c e A l b a n y N Y p t 1 _ 9 7 8 . a s p x

Does anyone else know of other videos I can watch?

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