The Whigs Think We Should All Stop Being Jerks to Kings of Leon
Hailing from Athens, Georgia, the garage rock trio known as The Whigs has been plying their craft for over a decade. In that time, they have released four amazing records including last years' Enjoy the Company.
Speaking from a tour stop in Los Angeles and in anticipation of Friday's show at the Prophet Bar, lead singer/guitarist Parker Gisbert talked with DC9 at Night about the differences among late night talk shows and what makes the Athens' music scene so vital.
You've basically appeared on every late night talk show. Is there a difference in playing on any of them?
They are all pretty different. We've been fortunate to be on all of them and the vibes are completely different. The New York shows are more intense. The ones shot in L.A. are a little more laid back. The audiences are very different. It's cool to play on those shows. We grew up watching Letterman on television, so it was cool to play on his show. We got fired up for that.
Yes, the last appearance there was when you did "Waiting" off the new album and it seemed like you guys were on fire.
That's how we do it. That's all we have.
Have you ever messed up while playing one of these shows?
Yes, we've made mistakes and it's live, so you aren't going to start over. We have messed up, but it was probably one of those errors that nobody notices except yourself. It was nothing catastrophic. Nobody fell over or anything. Nobody played a wrong chord.
The band has been around a decade. Does that surprise you that it has already been ten years?
No because we have always been about growing the band sonically. We always wanted to create something that has aged well, that has held up over time well. That is the purposeful thing. It doesn't surprise me in that sense. It feels like it has gone really fast. Technically, we did start ten years ago, but we were in college for the first four years of that. 2006 is when we really got going. We were out of school. Our first album on a label came out in 2008. It doesn't really seem that long.
You are from Athens, Georgia. What is it about that city that has produced so many great bands in many different genres?
I don't know. It's weird, honestly. I think that there are a lot of great places to play. That's the first thing, a lot of great bars. It's a great source of entertainment for the locals. The audiences fuel a lot of it. It is a strong musical community where bands help out other bands. Bands realize what's important and what's not. It's not a scene where everyone is focused on the big record deal, becoming a big star. People are concerned about who plays really well together and who has fun. The audience is the priority for the musicians. Those are all just guesses, because I don't know what it really is.
You've toured with a lot of bands including the Kings of Leon. I was there when the band almost imploded on stage. Were there any strange moments touring with them?
We always came to find that those guys were always super great to us on and off the stage. They work really hard. They've been going at it a long time. You know, I don't know. They have always been good to us and we look up to those guys. I know nothing but positives.