The Afghan Whigs got started in 1986, broke up in 2001, then got back together for a reunion tour in 2012. Last year, for some reason, they joined Usher at SXSW to cover "Climax". Now, 16 years after they released last album 1965, the band are back with a new LP. It's called Do to the Beast and it's out via Sub Pop on April 14 in Europe and April 15 in North America.
Prior to their on-stage reunion in 2012, the band got together in 2006 to record two new songs for their compilation Unbreakable: "Magazine" and "I'm a Soldier".
The new album also marks the band's return to Sub Pop, who put out 1990's Up in It and 1992's Congregation and Uptown Avondale EP. The label released a run of 1993's Gentlemen and 1996's Black Love on vinyl, though the release was more widely handled by Afghan Whigs' new label, Elektra. Their last LP, 1965, was released by Columbia Records. In recent years, Sub Pop has released albums from frontman Greg Dulli's projects the Twilight Singers and the Gutter Twins (his duo with Mark Lanegan).
News of the new record was initially broken by "Mr. Show"/"Breaking Bad" star Bob Odenkirk.