The Whigs – Modern Creation Review

The Whigs Modern Creation

The spark for their fifth studio album is certainly there, The Whigs just need an extra rock n’roll omph to fully light the fuse.



New West Records, 2014

6.3 / 10

Ten years ago The Whigs were just a mere uni-band using custom Ebay equipment to knock out their naive energy on frequently played stages while leading up to records — the iffy In the Dark and the most recent Enjoy The Company. Neither of these records gave much to any sort of slipway, and their latest Modern Creation desperately attempts to overtake its predecessors while also being irritatingly held back.

However, they don’t leave behind the catchy hooks along with the blunt drum beats. Opener “You Should Be Able To Feel It” features the same classic twinge on Parker Gispert’s vocals. You could expect this for a satisfactory drum roaring anthem to open up any of The Whigs’ albums; it’s repetitive but partially forceful. But guessing that this album is a progression would be wrong. Tracks such as “The Particular” promises heavier results but just returns the the old whinge of vocals, “We are broken in to little bits/ Little bits”. The instrumentation basically builds the song as in “I Couldn’t Lie”. It’s easy to hear the band striving for their desired Southern-edge rock, but the balance is swung either one way or the other. You have “Too Much In The Morning” popping up with bizarrely placed synths along with the heavy rumble during, “I Just wanna run for ever/ And I want to Rock n’Roll.” It’s like a desperate screech for some unforgiving, bitter heavy thrust this record needs.

Modern Creation zooms in and out of various stages. The song, ‘Friday Night’ almost resolves the issues with the band’s restrained energy, “All I know/ I just wanna go.” It thrashes through a warmer drum and guitar blister that could be the remedy of the album. However, it’s clear The Whigs inevitably need a beer-soaked, raw gig to get this sort of energy out consistently. ¬†They try a laid back, blunt take on “The Difference Between One and Another” with a dirtier bass line, and Parker Gispert attempts the sort of deprecation you could enlighten from The Vaccines’ Justin Young. But it’s a perspective which is hard to see on songs like “She Is Everywhere”, which could get you going at a gig but silences strangely into a hesitant stagger. The question lies between bobbing your head to this record or waking up with ripped neck tendons.

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There are 5 comments

  1. Carter A.

    Shitty review. Nothing on how the album was made; one song a day, and recorded live. and the fact that it’s been only a year and a half since the last album. Not to mention these guys are on the road 24/7. I think the album plays bits from all of their albums. Not to mention it’s good to hear a rock band that’s sticking to actual Rock, rather than leave to digital sounds, and a lot of the crap “rock” that’s out today. They put on a hell of a show, and can’t wait to see how they play this record live. Until then I can’t put a grade on it, but just after a few listens, it’s a very interesting Whigs album. More creative and unique than Enjoy the Company, and personally I think show’s off each band members strong suits best. B+ for the time being. Can only imagine it will get better.

    In the end, To each his own.

  2. Stella Cooper

    Regardless or not whether you think the review is ‘shitty’ Modern Creation does have the potential but like some of their previous falls back on what could be a really defined, raw sound. The score indicated that there’s some notable tracks where they come out of the albums boundaries, sure it’s got effort inside of it and yes in many views it could be the ignition for the bands future.
    But I can’t help as a listener, hesitate upon the components that build up some parts of their record. Its likely that some numbers on here will go down great live, based on their previous tours with The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club it’s anticipating for sure.

  3. Carter A.

    Agreed, And I don’t mean to be rude. Just seemed like a quick 12 hour assessment of the album… I gave a first listen and wasn’t sure on the sound. It took a few songs to get get ahold of , but came around to most. (besides aren’t most bands first cd’s their best? The strokes, velvet underground, KOL, etc….) I understand the boundaries thing, because I play in a band where sometimes we think we need to keep a sound when playing/recording, But when you tour as much, and play as much as these guys variety is what keeps them together and their creative minds thinking. Yeah, I don’t personally the band, but I certainly know that’s how it is for us. Anyways, it’s not the best record that will come out this year, but for a rock band like them that hasn’t sold out, and works their asses off, and recorded a cd so quickly, you gotta hand it to them. And especially a 3-piece, Which Julian, the drummer, does most of the store/ networking. All in all, I did like your review, I just personally see them as a very underrated band that deserves much more than a lot of crap that is out there right now.

    I wish you the best, and Pass on music ( like dont Pass on, literally pass it on to people) Much Love

  4. jtccjimthorpe

    I booked them to our venue (Mauch Chunk Opera House) and they performed here last night. It is one of the hardest places to play because people actually listen, they’re not having conversations, eating food, or otherwise carrying on. Even hardened road warriors get a bit unsettled by it, in a good way. Anyway, despite this, The Whigs were utterly tremendous, and I must say I sure hope they consider a live record here. It has to be hard to transmit that kind of energy to a studio record, and they deserve a live album if they don’t already have one. Lots of bands have one, but in many cases, they don’t warrant it. The Whigs do. Over eleven years, I’ve seen a lot of shows and they were one of the absolute best. Have mercy!

  5. Stella Cooper

    Yeah I think a live record would be certainly on the cards for them, watching their past performances was anticipating but it’s a layback that this doesn’t quite live up to it. You can see some hint of rawness seeping through like in their really early work but perhaps one recorded in the heat of a crowd would be more merciful.

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