Sold Out Whitney + Girl Ray Live at the Brudenell

Tuesday  20 June  2017  7:30 PM    Tuesday  20 June  2017 11:00 PM
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Brudenell & Now Wave Presents...

+ Special Guests Girl Ray

20.6.17 | £13.50 ADV | 19:30


Whitney make casually melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band, and the slack groove of early Pavement. Their debut, Light Upon the Lake, marks the culmination of a short, but incredibly intense, creative period for the band. To say that Whitney is more than the sum of its parts would be a criminal understatement. Formed from the core of guitarist Max Kakacek and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich, the band itself is something bigger, something visionary, something neither of them could have accomplished alone.

Ehrlich had been a member of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but left to play drums for the Smith Westerns, where he met guitarist Kakacek. That group burned brightly but briefly, disbanding in 2014 and leaving its members adrift. Brief solo careers and side-projects abounded, but nothing clicked. Making everything seem all the more fraught: both of them were going through especially painful breakups almost simultaneously, the kind that inspire a million songs, and they emerged emotionally bruised and lonelier than ever.

Whitney was born from a series of laidback early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the harshest winters in Chicago history, after Ehrlich and Kakacek reconnected - first as roommates splitting rent in a small Chicago apartment and later as musical collaborators passing the guitar and the lyrics sheet back and forth. “We approached it as just a fun thing to do. We never wanted to force ourselves to write a song. It just happened very organically. And we were smiling the whole time, even though some of the songs are pretty sad.” The duo wrote frankly about the break-ups they were enduring and the breakdowns they were trying to avoid. Each served as the other's most brutal critic and most sympathetic confessor, a sounding board for the hard truths that were finding their way into new songs like “No Woman” and “Follow,” a eulogy for Ehrlich's grandfather.

In exorcising their demons they conjured something else, something much more benign—a third presence, another personality in the music, which they gave the name Whitney. They left it singular to emphasize its isolation and loneliness. Says Kakacek, “We were both writing as this one character, and whenever we were stuck, we'd ask, ‘What would Whitney do in this situation?' We personified the band name into this person, and that helped a lot. We wrote the record as though one person were playing everything. We purposefully didn't add a lot of parts and didn't bother making everything perfect, because the character we had in mind wouldn't do that.”

In those imperfections lies the music's humanity. Whilst they demoed and toured the new songs, they became more aware of the perfect imperfections of the songs, and needing to strike the right balance, they eventually made the trek out to California, where they recorded with Foxygen frontman and longtime friend, Jonathan Rado. They slept in tents in Rado's backyard, ate the same breakfast every morning at the same diner in the remote, desolate and completely un-rock n roll San Fernando Valley, whilst they dreamt of Laurel Canyon, or maybe The Band's hideout in Malibu, or Neil Young's ranch in Topanga Canyon.

The analog recording methods, the same as used by their forebearers, allowed them to concentrate on the songs themselves and create moments that would be powerful and unrepeatable. “Tape forces you to get a take down,” says Kakacek. “We didn't have enough tracks to record ten takes of a guitar part and choose the best one later. Whatever we put down is all we had. That really makes you as a musician focus on the performance.” The sessions were loose, with room for improvisation and new ideas, as the band expanded from that central duo into a dynamic sextet (septet if you count their trusty soundman). And that's what you hear — Whitney is the sound of that songwriting duo expanding their group and delivering the sound of a band at their freest, their loosest, their giddiest.

Classic and modern at the same time, they revel in concrete details, evocative turns of phrase, and thorny emotions that don't have exact names. These ten songs on Light Upon the Lake sound like they could have been written at any time in the last fifty years. Ehrlich and Kakacek emerge as imaginative and insightful songwriting partners, impressive in their scope and restraint as they mold classic rock lyricism into new and personal shapes without sound revivalist or retro. “I'm searching for those golden days,” sings Ehrlich, with a subtle ripple of something that sounds like hope, on the track “Golden Days”. It's a song that defines Whitney as a band. “There's a lot of true feeling behind these songs,” says Ehrlich. “We wanted them to have a part of our personalities in them. We wanted the songs to have soul.”

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Brudenell Social Club
33 Queens Road, Leeds, United Kingdom

Alex Wood Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 17:05
selling 2 paper tickets can meet you there :)
Aline Librelotto Rubin
-- 20/06/2017 17:05
Hi Alex, im interested in buying one, is that ok?

Elliot Freeman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 15:56
Have you guys got stage times for tonight? 😘
Mitchell Willis
-- 20/06/2017 15:56
20:30 and 21:30 according to Insta

George Cox Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 15:19
One ticket for sale at face value, can sell through dice or meet at the door x

Laurence Good Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 10:29
Selling one ticket, face value. Can send through Dice!

Sara Shippey Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 10:12
2 Tickets for sale, face value.

Matt Cochrane Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 09:00
One ticket for sale, face value.
Robin Deione
-- 20/06/2017 09:00
I'll take it if it's still available

Brigitte Phillips Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/06/2017 08:00
I have one ticket going for face value if anyone wants it!

Isabelle Hunter Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/06/2017 23:30
looking for one ticket pretty please
Brigitte Phillips
-- 19/06/2017 23:30
Are you still looking?

Ryan Mole Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/06/2017 23:03
Looking for three tickets if anyone is selling?
Sara Shippey
-- 19/06/2017 23:03
I have 2 if it's any good to you?
Jamie Carlsson
-- 19/06/2017 23:03
I have one

Tom Wilkinson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/06/2017 17:04
Set times?

Rowena Madar Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/06/2017 10:23
anyone selling one ticket?

Katie Watson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 18/06/2017 19:44
Looking for 2 tickets if anyone is reselling?
Hannah Templeton
-- 18/06/2017 19:44
I am, have messaged you x

Christina Kim Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 18/06/2017 14:02
anyone selling one ticket? :)

Hannah Templeton Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/06/2017 10:46
Selling 2 tickets at face value !!
Christina Kim
-- 17/06/2017 10:46
are you still selling a ticket?
Hannah Templeton
-- 17/06/2017 10:46
Yeah I have 2 for sale :)
Katie Watson
-- 17/06/2017 10:46
I'm interested in both if they're still available??

Sophie Grattidge Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/06/2017 06:19
anyone selling one ticket?
Leigh-Ann Withers
-- 17/06/2017 06:19
i am ! x
Hannah Templeton
-- 17/06/2017 06:19
I'm selling 2 ! :)

Wesley Jones Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 16/06/2017 08:07

Now Wave Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 15/06/2017 13:11

Now Wave Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/06/2017 11:55

Whitney Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 31/03/2017 18:08
Hey, we just released a Dolly Parton cover. Listen here and share:

Whitney Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 31/05/2017 17:31
We can't wait to play Leeds! Just a heads up that only a few tickets remain. See you soon....

Now Wave Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/05/2017 10:11
We are delighted to announce that the excellent Girl Ray are confirmed to support at this show!

Whitney Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 11/04/2017 21:42
We’ll be posting our favorite fan pics throughout this tour. Use #WhitneySpringTour to tag your photos and videos on all socials for a chance to be featured 🌹

Whitney Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/05/2017 21:55
Brand new video for 'You’ve Got a Woman’ out today 🌹

Now Wave Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/03/2017 19:57

Brudenell Social Club Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 26/02/2017 03:30
So good...
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