The reunited Afghan Whigs will release their first new album in 16 years on April 15 via Sub Pop. The long-awaited follow-up to 1965 (which was released in 1998) will be dubbed Do to the beast, and you can now hear/see the first taste of it. Above: the Western-themed video for "Algiers," a dramatic ballad featuring loose acoustic strum, rattling percussion, and Greg Dulli's cool coos. In the clip, our hero rides a vintage limousine into a one-horse town seeking retribution for an unconscionable act performed by the locals some time before.
As Rolling Stone reports, original guitarist Rick McCollum has left the Whigs ("Rick's personal problems got to the point where it wasn't about music anymore," Dulli said.) Do to the beast includes contributions from Mark McGuire (Emeralds), R&B-maker Van Hunt, Clay Tarver (Chavez), Usher's musical director Johnny Natural, and Queens of the Stone Age affiliate Alain Johannes. Parts of the album were recorded at Josh Homme's Pink Duck studio.