When they formed the Whigs at the University of Georgia, drummer Julian Dorio was studying psychology, singerguitarist Parker Gispert was majoring in philosophy and bassist Tim Deaux was pursuing a degree in art history.
“Three social sciences,” Dorio, 26, says with a laugh. “That’s not gonna help us out too much with music, I don’t think.”
Nevertheless, the Whigs are certainly covering their bases these days.
The trio was one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 Artists to Watch in 2006 with the release of their independent album, “Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip.” That led to a deal with Dave Matthew’s ATO Records label, which put out the group’s new “Mission Control” album on Jan. 22.
“On a very modest level, there’s hopefully a little anticipation,” says Dorio, who was named Esquire magazine’s Drummer of the Year in 2007. “We’ve been playing shows, and when people come up to the merchandise table we’ll say, ‘We’ve got a record coming out,’ and they’ll say ‘I know.’ The last time, nothing like that existed.
“I don’t think it’s like the next Radiohead record, necessarily, but anything to us is something. It’s on the smallest level, but that, even to me, is really interesting and really cool.”
The Whigs, Tulsa and Porchsleeper perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6)at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Admission is $5. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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