Though Greg Dulli promised us the Afghan Whigs ship had set sail, 2012 has the beloved alt-rock group returning to port. Today they released “See and Don’t See,” their first new song in five years (the last new tracks were just pit-stops, as they recorded “I’m a Soldier” and “Magazine” for the 2007 compilation, Unbreakable). The song is a cover of Marie “Queenie” Lyons’ 1970 tune, with Dulli passionately singing about our sense of sight and hearing over a lush acoustic arrangement. Dulli’s often branded a Bukowski-ish lech, but here we find our hero sounding battered and worn, in a tender way.
The Afghan Whigs will perform “See and Don’t See” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, May 22 and they return to the stage at New York’s Bowery Ballroom that evening. They’ll also play a bunch of major festivals over the summer, including Lollapalooza and All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Stream “See and Don’t See” at Rolling Stone and grab it here: