Magazine article Guitar Player

Songcraft: Afghan Whigs

Magazine article Guitar Player

Songcraft: Afghan Whigs

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"I think I might be musically dyslexic," concedes Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli. After 11 years with the band, Dulli still writes songs from the rhythm section up, his bass and drum parts dictating the direction of the guitars. Despite the fact that guitar is the last thing on Dulli's mind, the Whigs' latest pop-rock confection, 1965 [Columbia], features guitar hooks galore. "Guitars are indispensable to our sound," says Dulli, "but I think the fact that I keep the guitar out of the songs until the last minute is what makes us sound like the Afghan Whigs."

--KYLE SWENSON

"If I sit down and try to write something on acoustic guitar, it ends up sounding like the Eagles--and we don't need any more of that! I'm interested in building songs from a rhythmic perspective because the rhythm section is the key to a band's sound. I start a new song at the drums, and when I play the beat, I already have a bass line in my head. …

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