Athfest Night 1: New West Records Presents the Whigs
New Madrid, Buxton
285 West Washington St
Athens, GA, 30601
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The Whigs are a three piece rock band from Athens, Georgia. Formed in 2002 while attending the University of Georgia, The Whigs played their first shows around campus and soon graduated to higher-profile performances including opening slots for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers and the Killers. Recording sessions for the band’s self-released debut album, Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip, took place in an empty fraternity house in 2005 and by the following year the band’s audience had widened considerably, prompting Rolling Stone to declare that the band could be “the best unsigned band in America.” Over the last decade, the band has released five critically lauded studio albums and toured the world consistently as either headliners or openers for the likes of Kings of Leon, Black Keys, and MGMT. Their fifth album, Modern Creation, was released in 2014 and the band is currently crafting material for a sixth studio album in their new hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
“Compact in some ways, yet expansive,” is how New Madrid's Phil McGill describes their new album. magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown Records) takes a wide swath of influences ranging from the guitar tangle of Television and the tripped-out introspection of Yo La Tengo, to the angular experimentation of Can and the harmonic bath of Magical Mystery Tour; and combines them into something entirely unique.
magnetkingmagnetqueen has it all. The album reveals New Madrid’s evolution and collective growth, resulting in the band’s most complete work to date. “Don’t Hold Me Now” is like Pylon channeling the pre- Tommy Who. “Untitled III” is a pint-sized epic, with several movements in a three-minute window. On the other end is the dark, monolithic stomp of “Guay Lo” and the dirge-like march of “Shades.” Bringing it all together are centerpieces like “Summer Belles” and “Darker Parts,” songs with an undeniable pop sensibility that go through the looking glass and emerge as the sonic amoeba well known to fans of New Madrid’s live performances.
magnetkingmagnetqueen was made with engineer/producer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, The Glands) in two primary locations. The group started out recording at Dogwood Lodge, the site of an unused summer camp on Lake Chickamauga in a large, open room with mobile recording gear over a week in the summer of 2015. More recording and mixing was done at Barbe’s Athens, GA studio, Chase Park Transduction with additional recording at New Madrid’s home base, The Barn.
New Madrid formed in the fall of 2010, and shortly after was approached by Barbe, who invited them to his studio to record their first full-length album, Yardboat. It happened fast. Inspired, they finished in three days.
Signing with Normaltown/New West Records, the band released their sophomore album, Sunswimmer in 2014. A live EP, Dawn Teeth Rattling, was released in 2015.
Since then the band has toured consistently across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, they live together in The Barn (a literal barn located in the agrarian outskirts of Athens) constantly working on new ideas.
Buxton, who Esquire.com calls one of "2012 Artists to Watch," continue to tour in support of their New West Records debut album Nothing Here Seems Strange heralded by My Old Kentucky Blog as "a well-realized bouquet of emotive, often beautiful imagery that propels its vistas with visceral energy." Buxton's music is a study in contrasts: rock and folk, subtle yet eccentric, lush harmonies over prickly guitar. Paste explains, "The sound on Nothing Here Seems Strange fluctuates between traditional Americana and a more garagefolk sound that places the album in a larger scope than you'd expect of a folk band."
Buxton, known for their explosive, folk-based rock songs, will kick off a fall tour in Memphis before stops at the Americana Music Association festival in Nashville and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN. Buxton will both headline and support hitting major cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and of course their hometown of Houston. Dates include shows with Frontier Ruckus, Chamberlain and The Donkeys (see full listing below.) Buxton's fusion of lovely harmonies, jarring explosions of energy and meticulously applied instrumentation is led by Sergio Trevino on Vocals/Guitar with Jason Willis on lead Guitar/Mandolin, Chris Wise on Bass Guitar, Justin Terrell on Drums and Austin Sepulvado on Guitar/Vocals.