The Whigs Got Ideas: Parker’s Favorite Athens, Ga., Albums

whigslogo1Like most bands, the Whigs—guitarist/vocalist Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio and bassist Tim Deaux—have had to endure their fair share of rough patches during their eight-year existence, including major-label troubles and lineup changes, but perhaps these bumps in the road were merely the stars aligning for the Athens, Ga., trio. The label issues prompted them to record and release their debut album, 2005’s Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip independently, earning them the title of “the best unsigned band in America” from Rolling Stone. It wasn’t long before they were signed to ATO Records—which issued the band’s critically acclaimed second release, Mission Control, in 2008—and playing high-profile shows at festivals and late-night talk shows and touring with some really famous names. New album In The Dark is the Whigs’ grittiest and most explosive album yet. Ever the kings of the road, the Whigs are currently on tour in support of the release, but they’ll also be guest-editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with the Whigs and our 2008 feature on them.

Athensalbums2Gispert:
1. The Glands The Glands Video
2. Elf Power
A Dream In Sound Video
3. Thayer Sarrano
King Video
4. Of Montreal
Cherry Peel Video
5. The Olivia Tremor Control
Dusk At Cubist Castle Video
6. Dead Confederate
Wrecking Ball Video
7. Drive-By Truckers
Brighter Than Creation’s Dark Video
8. The Apples In Stereo
Tone Soul Evolution Video
9. R.E.M.
Life’s Rich Pageant Video
10. The Glands
Double Thriller

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