The Afghan Whigs Drum Up Hypnotic Beats With ‘Arabian Heights’ Single

The Afghan Whigs
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I love getting press releases that features information/insight that’s actually accurate. The Afghan Whigs’ new single “Arabian Heights” has just debut today, and as the release suggests, it’s truly “driven by drummer Patrick Keeler’s bravura, tribal cadences.” Details on the band’s album and tour is found after the jump.

 

“Rick Nelson (the album’s engineer) got incredible drum sounds,” said The Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli. “And what Patrick does on that song is a master class in drumming.”

As much as I love hearing the guitars kick in on “Arabian Heights,” Keeler’s drumming is the track’s driving force, and I’m definitely adding the tune to my workout playlist. Recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Joshua Tree, In Spades was penned and produced by Dulli. Hopefully the rest of the album features the same musical diversity of “Arabian Heights” (the song’s hypnotic, techno beginnings folds into a rock infused landscape).

Before embarking on a 17 country, European tour (starting May 26 in the UK’s Manchester Cathedral), the band play a sold-out May 23rd show at New York’s Apollo Theatre. “We are thrilled to be performing at The Apollo,” said Dulli. “So many of my heroes both musical and otherwise have graced the stage there and it will be our honor to do so as well.”

In Spades debuts May 5 via Sup Pop.

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