It's been nine months since the Whigs released their fourth album, "Enjoy The Company," but frontman Parker Gispert says he's enjoying the songs as much now as when the trio from Athens, Ga., recorded them.
"It was a really comfortable album to write and record," says Gispert, 30, who now resides in Nashville. "It felt really natural, and it still feels that way to me. It still feels fresh. It doesn't feel dated in any sense to me.
"A lot of the songs were written during the previous summer (of 2012), so if anything it feels more exciting to me now, when we're getting into summer again. I know that's weird; it should feel older to me, but it doesn't."
Amidst that satisfaction, however, Gispert and his bandmates are still looking towards the future and the next Whigs album. He reports that "we definitely have a really good jump-start on new material," and the group even hopes to start road-testing some of those songs live in the near future. There are also songs and ideas left over from the "Enjoy The Company" sessions, but Gispert doesn't expect to be revisiting those for the next album.
"I feel like we always have an abundance of material," he explains. "We're definitely a group that will write 50 songs and record 30 demos and pick 11 for the record, so I always feel like there's rally strong material that doesn't make it onto any given record.
"But whenever it comes time to start writing again, I just never gravitate towards any of that material. I usually feel like it wasn't on the previous record for a specific reason, and I still feel confident about that and so I don't tend to go back to that stuff and resurrect it as much as I try to learn from why it didn't make the cut. Then when I go to write a new song, I try ti improve upon things I learned as a songwriter."
The Whigs, Drivin' N' Cryin' and Hounds below perform Friday, March 17, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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