Athens, GA, is known for two things… the University of Georgia and, in the '80s, largely because it is a college town, as the home of a vibrant music scene led by R.E.M. and the B-52s.
UG is still there but the music scene waned until The Whigs arrival. The band formed while they were still college students. That resulted is some scheduling challenges. The group got booked to play a New York club gig and drove fourteen hours to make it. Then, right after the show, they drove back. "It's like a mission," said Gispert.
The Whigs soon became local favorites and that led Rolling Stone magazine to call them one of the "best unsigned bands" in America. Well, that level of recognition was not going to go unnoticed.
The Whigs released their self-produced "Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip" before landing with ATO Records, a label co-founded and operated by Dave Matthews. "Mission Control" was the group's '08 release.
After performing at the Kings Of Leon party to celebrate the release of "Only By The Night" they hit the road opening for the Followill's band.
Later in the year, The Whigs began work on their third studio album, "In The Dark, which landed in '10.
The Whigs are a Garage Rock Band. "Mission Control" opens with the irresistible "Like A Vibration." Coming next is the chucky yet danceable "Production City" followed by the killer guitar of "I Never Want To Go Home." Country touches (or at least a steel guitar) shows up on the effective ballad "Sleep Sunshine" while the other slow tune, "1000 Wives" has a dream-like quality without losing focus. The Whigs roll through a good natured romp, complete with "oh, oh, oh" backing vocals on "Hot Bed" then power-pop their way through "I Got Ideas."
College Rock, Dance Punk and even Punk cut with Classic Rock drives "In The Dark." The Whigs benefit from producer Ben H. Allen's dense production and fortunately don't succumb to it. Gispert has plenty of support for his down and out, underdog anthems ("So Lonely," "I Don't Even Care About The One I Love" and the single "Kill Me Carolyne"). It's really a draw whether The Whigs' Punk noise romps (Somebody's Daughter") or the more accessible dance-oriented material ("Automatic" and "I'm For Real") is better.