PHOTOS & TEXT BY JOHN BOYDSTON
It was Whigs night at Atlanta’s Terminal West, a big pre-Christmas gig turning into an annual homecoming event for this Athens-born trio, who packed the house with help from fellow-Georgia rockers Gringo Star and Tedo Stone.
Currently Nashville-based, The Whigs formed twelve years ago. They’ve since earned their reputation as one of the best and hottest live bands anywhere. Tonight they hit it hard with a set-list spanning all five of their excellent LPs, including their latest “Modern Creation,” and capped it with a spirited cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”
If you don’t know the Whigs, start with any record, they are all that good. And go see them to have your socks knocked off. They will surely be at a venue near you shortly. And look for a new LP on New West Records in 2015. The Whigs are Timothy Deaux on bass, Julian Dorio on drums, and Parker Gispert on guitar and lead vocals. (Side note: Ever look around a crowd and measure the male-to-female ratio of the audience? I do, not sure why, but it seems to bode success for a performer or band that can master something close to a 50-50 mix. Besides outstanding songs and a giant stage presence, The Whigs have that going for them too.)
Atlanta’s Gringo Star was 2nd on the bill – and they hooked me from the gitgo with their high energy punch and catchy songs. Gringo Star was founded by brothers Peter and Nicholas Furgiuele in 2008, and also had a busy 2014 on the road and has a couple of LPs under their belt as well as a new 7” on dizzybird. Can’t wait to check out their vinyl, and next show.
Someone has to get the party going and tonight those honors fell on Tedo Stone, from Athens, Ga. Tedo (guitar, vocals) brings a distinctive Americana Pop sound to his originals, and has a great band to deliver the goods. Look for a new release in 2015.