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“Nearly every track here highlights a chunky riff you’ll want to hear again and again” - ROLLING STONE
“Like some big car-driving bad seed pulling up outside the high school, it’s an easy album to fall for” - PITCHFORK
“The beauty of The Whigs: not only is the band mercifully unpretentious, it’s power-trio format means the tunes are refreshingly uncluttered, allowing clear as-a-bell melodies room to breathe” - BILLBOARD
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Irish Debut at the OXEGEN FESTIVAL

Sunday 13th July


"Mission Control"
Out Now on ATO Records
Features the single "Like A Vibration"

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The Whigs are proud to announce the release of their ATO Records debut album, MISSION CONTROL. Set for a June 13, 2008 release in Ireland, this confident collection of songs follows up the band’s self-released / self-financed album, GIVE ‘EM ALL A BIG FAT LIP, which caught the attention of many, including Rolling Stone Magazine who declared the Athens GA three-piece “the best unsigned band in America.” The Whigs spent most of 2006 and 2007 on the road winning over fans and critics with their full throttle alternative pop / rock which NPR hailed as a perfect combination of “the gravelly rock of The Replacements with the off-kilter pop of Guided By Voices.”

Eager to record their ATO debut, The Whigs entered the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith). Sonically superior to anything the band has recorded to date, MISSION CONTROL is an album jam-packed with infectious melodies and dynamic rhythms.

The urgency of opening track “Like A Vibration” knocks over the listener with a roaring attack of guitars, while “Production City” combines a dancing bass line over machine gun tight rhythms. The catchy hook-laden “I Got Ideas” is an exuberant fusion of horns and Southern-rock twang, while “Sleep Sunshine” is an intimate piano-driven song showcasing the band’s reflective side with a lurching guitar solo. The thunderous pounding of drummer Julian Dorio is a staple throughout, but on the soon to be anthem "Right Hand on My Heart," Dorio’s playing makes it evident why Esquire Magazine named him "Drummer of the Year" in 2007.

With their fierce intensity and explosive punk rock energy, The Whigs had a specific mission in mind for their new album, MISSION CONTROL; to capture the energy and spirit of their live show. The legendary Hollywood Sunset Sound Studios (where everyone from The Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin have tracked) was a far cry from the sweaty, dilapidated mansion in Athens, GA, where the then-college students made their self-produced and later critically acclaimed debut GIVE ‘EM ALL A BIG FAT LIP, but it proved an optimal background for their ATO Records debut, MISSION CONTROL. MISSION CONTROL is a raucous thirty-seven minutes embodying all things forgotten in alt rocks uncompromising optimism.

Focusing on songs, playing them hard and with heart - its no surprise MISSION CONTROL captures a raw and gritty spirit that makes pop music interesting. The band’s new album delivers on the promise the trio raised with 2005’s self-released GIVE ‘EM ALL A BIG FAT LIP - an attention-getting shot across the bow that had everyone from Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender, Entertainment Weekly and many others scrambling to be the first to praise the young newcomers. The album is a reaction, a reengagement in the bare-boned aesthetic and melody of indie rock music and its left-of-center predecessors. “Pavement were huge for me,” says songwriter Parker Gispert. “I remember discovering them and the Replacements and realizing that these people wrote pop songs — really well-written, catchy tunes with cool lyrics — and that made pop music appealing for me.”

01. Like A Vibration
02. Production City
03. I Never Want To Go Home
04. Right Hand On My Heart
05. Sleep Sunshine
06. 1000 Wives
07. Hot Bed
08. Already Young
09. I Got Ideas
10. Need You Need You
11. Mission Control

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