The reunited Afghan Whigs this morning offered fans their first taste of upcoming seventh album Do To The Beast with the premiere on Spotify of the first track off that release: “Algiers,” a four-minute, mostly acoustic ballad that’s dirtied up, in the middle, with a fuzzed-out electric-guitar solo and Greg Dulli’s intonations to the “heavenly demons outside my window.”
You can stream the track below via Spotify.
The album, the band’s first in 16 years, is due out April 14/15 worldwide on Sub Pop Records. The new track is the Whigs’ first since the band — which formed in 1986 and split in 2001 — got back together to record a pair of new songs for its 2007 compilation Unbreakable.
UPDATE: The band has now premiered a Western-themed video for “Algiers” and announced a short run of tour dates around its appearance at Coachella this spring. See both below.
The Afghan Whigs tour dates:
April 10: Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
April 11: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA
April 14: Doug Fir, Portland, OR
April 15: Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
April 17: Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
April 18: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA
May 15: Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
May 16: Paradise, Boston, MA
May 17: Otto Bar, Baltimore, MD
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- The Afghan Whigs return to Sub Pop for ‘Do To The Beast’ — first new album in 16 years
- Coachella 2014: The Replacements, Pet Shop Boys, Afghan Whigs, Bryan Ferry, Toy Dolls
- The Church’s Steve Kilbey, Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs double up in L.A. (Setlist, Video)
- The Church’s Steve Kilbey writing songs with Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs
- Video: Steve Kilbey joins The Afghan Whigs to perform The Church’s ‘One Day’ in Sydney