New Video: The Afghan Whigs Share Cinematic “The Getaway”

Since their formation in Cincinnati back in 1986, The Afghan Whigs — currently Greg Dulli (vocals, guitar), John Curley (bass), Patrick Keeler (drums), multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson and newest member, Blind Melon’s Christopher Thorn (guitar) — have a long-held reputation for refusing to play by convention: During the flannel and plaid of the early 90s grunge era, the members of The Afghan Whigs stood apart from their contemporaries for wearing suits and for being more likely to slide into a soulful groove than a power chord-driven riff.

Reuniting after an 11 year hiatus in 2012, the JOVM mainstays released two critically applauded albums, 2014’s Do to the Beast and 2017’s In Spades, that found the band writing and recording music that furthered their story together, while pushing their sound in new directions. 

Slated for a September 9, 2022 release through Royal Cream/BMG, the JOVM mainstays’ ninth album — and first in five years — the Christopher Thorn co-produced How Do You Burn? reportedly picks up on the sound and appraoch of 2014’s Do to the Beast and 2017’s In Spades and pushes it even further. With the pandemic forcing Greg Dulli to abandon plans to support his critically applauded solo album Random Desire, the band began working on How Do You Burn? in September 2020 and continued over the next 14 months in remote recording sessions: Dulli, Thorn and Keeler in California; Curley, Jon Skibic (guitar) and Nelson laying down and engineering their own parts in Cincinnati, New Jersey and New Orleans respectively. “Once we got the system down, we started flying,” Greg Dulli says.

The album features guest spots from a collection of frequent collaborators including: The late Mark Lanegan, a collaborator of Dulli’s in The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins, as well as a close friend. Lanengan sung backup vocals on two album tracks. “It was Mark who named the album,” Dulli says in press notes. Susan Marshall, who contributed to 1998’s 1965 contributes vocals on album track “Catch A Colt.” Van Hunt, who toured with the band in 2012 and contributed to 2014’s Do to the Beast, contributes vocals on “Jyla” and “Take Me There.” And last but definitely not least, Marcy Mays, lead vocalist on Gentlemen‘s “My Curse” contributes vocals to “Domino and Jimmy,” a song that Dulli had specifically written with Mays in mind.

Earlier this year I wrote about “I’ll Make You See God,” which will appear on the new album — and arguably one of the hardest and aggressive songs they’ve written and recorded in close to 30 years. How Do You Burn‘s second single “The Getaway” is an widescreen ballad that pairs Dulli’s whiskey and cigarette-like croon with a gorgeous string arrangement, twinkling keys and Dulli’s unerring knack for crafting earnest, lived-in material with enormous, arena rock friendly hooks.

Directed by Philip Harder and Patrick Pierson, the accompanying video for
“The Getaway” follows a lone astronaut, wandering through brush and desert before encountering an abandoned American rocket launch site. As that happens, we see members of the JOVM mainstays, also in spacesuits walking to a piano and drum set to play together — first while wearing black suits and space helmets and then later without. Of course, considering the state of things, we can’t blame our lone astronaut for wanting to leave the planet.

The Afghan Whigs will be embarking on a previously announced tour dates throughout May and early June that includes a May 25, 2022 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg. They’ll return for a second Stateside leg throughout the fall that includes a September 15, 2022 stop at Brooklyn Steel. The tour includes two European legs — one during early summer, and one in the fall. Check out tour dates below.


05/11                Fort Lauderdale, FL  –  Culture Room

05/12                Tampa, FL –  The Orpheum

05/13                Orlando, FL  – The Social

05/14                Atlanta, GA  – Terminal West

05/15                Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

05/17                Nashville, TN  –  The Basement East

05/18                Louisville, KY  –  Headliners Music Hall

05/20                St. Louis, MO  –  Delmar Hall

05/21                Milwaukee, WI  –  Turner Hall Ballroom

05/22                Indianapolis, IN –  The Vogue

05/24                Pittsburgh, PA –  Mr. Smalls Theatre

05/25                Brooklyn, NY –  Music Hall of Williamsburg

06/01                Los Angeles, CA  –  YouTube Theater


06/17                Vitoria, ES  –  Azkena Rock Festival

07/23                Brighton, UK  –  Concorde 2

07/24                Suffolk, UK  –  Latitude Festival

07/26                Frankfurt, Germany  –  Batschkapp

07/28                Vienna, Austria  –  Flex

07/29                Prague, Czech Republic  –  Lucerna Music Bar


07/30                 Berlin, Germany  –  Metropol

08/01                Oslo, Norway  –  Parkteatret Scene

08/02                Stockholm, Sweden  –  Debaser

08/03                Copenhagen, Denmark  –  Amager Bio

08/05                Hamburg, Germany   –  Uebel & Gefährlich (Half House)

08/06                Nijmegen, Netherlands    –  Roosje Live In Park @ Openluchttheater Goffert

08/08                Stuttgart, Germany  –  Im Wizemann

08/09                Cologne, Germany  –  Luxor

08/10                Lokeren, Belgium  –  Lokersee Feesten


09/09                Minneapolis, MN  –  Fine Line Music Café

09/10                Chicago, IL  –  Metro

09/11                Cincinnati, OH  –  Bogarts

09/12                Detroit, MI    –  St. Andrews Hall

09/14                Washington, D.C.  –  9:30 Club

09/15                Brooklyn, NY  –  Brooklyn Steel

09/16                Philadelphia, PA  –  Underground Arts

09/17                Boston, MA  –  Paradise

09/20                Charlottesville, VA  –  Jefferson Theatre

09/21                Asheville, NC  –  The Grey Eagle

09/22                Birmingham, AL  –  Saturn

09/24                New Orleans, LA  –  One Eyed Jacks

09/28                Austin, TX   –   Mohawk

09/29                Dallas, TX  –  The Echo Lounge & Music Hall

10/01                Denver, CO  –  Gothic Theatre

10/02                Salt Lake City, UT  –  The Commonwealth Room

10/05                Portland, OR   –  Wonder Ballroom

10/06                Seattle, WA  –  The Showbox

10/08             San Francisco, CA  –  The Regency Ballroom

10/11                Tucson, AZ  –  191 Toole

10/12                Los Angeles, CA  –  Belasco Theatre


10/22                Madrid, Spain  –  Teatro Barceló

10/23                Barcelona, Spain  –  Apolo 2

10/25                Milan, Italy   –  Santeria

10/26                Rome, Italy  –  Largo

10/28                Munich, Germany   –  Freiheitshalle

10/29                Zurich, Switzerland  –  Bogen F

10/30                Luxembourg  –  Den Atelier

11/01                Amsterdam, Netherlands  –  Paradiso

11/02                Antwerp, Belgium  –  De Roma

11/04                Manchester, UK  –  Cathedral

11/05                Glasgow, UK   –  St. Lukes

11/06                London, UK   –   KOKO