Formed in 1987 in Cincinnati and rising up around the grunge movement, these neomope rockers released their first album, Big Top Halloween, on their own Ultrasuede label in 1988.
1992’s Uptown Avondale EP signalled the band’s move away from flannel-shirted slackerdom with a selection of covers of soul songs including Freda Payne‘s Band Of Gold, The Supremes‘ Come See About Me and Percy Sledge‘s True Love Travels On A Gravel Road.
Their major-label debut, Gentlemen (1993) – a collection of searingly intense songs about obsessive love and rampant libido – was released on Elektra.
After the band’s split in 2001, frontman Greg Dulli (pronounced “Dooley”) spent a decade dividing his time between the Gutter Brothers (with Mark Lanegan from Queens of the Stone Age), his own Twilight Singers, and running a bar in New Orleans.
When the Whigs reunited in 2012 for a handful of gigs, he swore there’d be no new material – But no one who witnessed the exhilarating chemistry and crackle of the live set believed a word of it.
Do To The Beast – their first album in 16 years – was released on Sub Pop in 2014. The band released their eighth album, In Spades, in May 2017.