Track These Down: Peter Perrett and The Afghan Whigs

May 2, 2017 in features

PETER PERRETT – How The West Was Won (Domino)

Best known as the frontman for the 70s UK power pop/punk outfit The Only Ones, it has been more than twenty years since Peter Perrett has been involved in the release of anything new. All of that is about to change, as Perrett will release How The West Was Won, his first ever solo album, through the Domino Recording Co label on June 30th. While the Only Ones still do occasional tours, for this solo recording Perrett has joined forces with his sons Jamie and Peter Jr on guitar and bass respectively.

The first music to be released from his upcoming solo endeavour is the album’s title track, accompanied by a nice music video that mixes a collage stock footage along with some live performance shots. Musically, West is like a succinct mixture of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” and George Harrison’s “If Not For You”, but lyrically it is a biting commentary about the current state of the USA served with the sort of sardonic wit you’d expect from an aging British punk rocker. Perrett sounds great here and, if the rest of the record is as good as thing song is, it could be the comeback record of 2017, hands down.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS – Oriole (Sub Pop)

Ohio’s The Afghan Whigs will release their brand new album, entitled In Spades, on Friday, May 5th through Sub Pop Records. One of the best alternative bands of the nineties – one that managed to mix soul and atmosphere to frantic guitars – their new single “Oriole” is a slow burning, moody song that has strings and vibes in the background, slinking behind one of vocalist Greg Duuli‘s best performances on record in nearly twenty years. This makes me think of the Whigs in their prime, circa their mid-90s albums Gentlemen and Black Love. This video is probably NSFW, it’s is a little bit risque to say the least, but the song more than makes up for the somewhat cliched imagery.

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By Sean Palmerston

Sean Palmerston is a vinyl loving music nerd who also loves NHL hockey, Godzilla movies and hanging out with his kids. A former contributing writer to a number of publications, including Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs and VICE, Sean also runs the all metal webzine

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