The Afghan Whigs announced their "spooky" eighth LP, In Spades, out May 5th via Sub Pop.
The alt-rock sextet unveiled the album's soulful lead single, "Demon in Profile," highlighted by Greg Dulli's bluesy vocal runs and a funky chorus horn section. The track's surreal video stars singer-songwriter Har Mar Superstar as a sharply dressed rock frontman. Director Phil Harder cuts between a rollicking stage performance and a frenzy of eerie visual fragments: crawling spiders, bloody knives, ouija boards and a man lit on fire.
The 10-track In Spades, written and produced by Dulli, follows 2014's Do to the Beast. It's the group's first release since guitarist Dave Rosser was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. "It's a spooky record," Dulli said in a statement. "I like that it's veiled. It's not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it's about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together."
The group announced a new European tour, which launches May 26th in Manchester, England and concludes August 9th in Amsterdam.
The Afghan Whigs – In Spades Track List
2. "Arabian Heights"
3. "Demon in Profile"
4. "Toy Automatic"
7. "The Spell"
8. "Light as a Feather"
9. "I Got Lost"
10. "Into the Floor"
The Afghan Whigs 2017 Tour Dates
May 26th - Manchester, England @ Cathedral
May 27th - Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC
May 28th - Dublin, Ireland @ Academy
May 30th - London, England @ Koko
June 1st - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
June 3rd - Bologna, Italy @ Zona Roveri
June 4th - Zagreb, Croatia @ Tvornica Kulture
June 6th - Warsaw, Poland @ Palladium
June 7th - Berlin, Germany @ Kesselhaus
June 9th - Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival
June 10th - Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan
June 12th - Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
June 13th - Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
June 14th - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
June 15th - Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
August 4th - Vienna, Austria @ WUK
August 5th - Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
August 6th - Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte
August 8th - Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle
August 9th - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso