Afghan Whigs’ Dulli Readies Twilight Singers

Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli is readying his long-delayed Twilight Singers side project for release on Columbia this summer.

The band includes Harold Chichester (Howlin’ Maggie) and Shawn Smith (Pigeonhed, Satchel, Brad). The material was originally recorded in the summer of 1996 in New Orleans with a number of local musicians musicians, and the album was put on hold when Dulli and the Whigs split with their previous label, Elektra.

A spokesperson for Columbia told MTV News that Dulli recently spent five weeks overseas in Kingston-Upon-Hull working on the material with the U.K. duo Fila Brazillia, which has remixed Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, and The Orb, among others.

The spokesperson said the album, which was at one time titled “Twilight,” currently remains untitled. The tentative release date has been set for August 29.

The Twilight Singers are expected to tour to support the album.

The Afghan Whigs’ first album for Columbia was
the 1998 release “1965.” The band toured through to the fall of 1999 and is expected to regroup once the Twilight Singers release runs its course.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit lodged by Dulli against the owners and employees of the now-defunct Liberty Lunch in Austin, Texas, appears to have faded away. A source close to the band told MTV News that with the club closing down and the parties involved being financially strapped, the case is not being pursued.

Dulli launched the action after he suffered a serious head injury during an altercation with an alleged staffer at the club following a Whigs performance late in 1998 (see “Afghan Whigs Greg Dulli Recovering From Head Injury” ).