Easy-breezy, high-pitched-singing Chicago indie-folk act Whitney brought the mellow to ACL Fest during their Sunday afternoon set. Their sunny, lightly psych-spiced pop felt like a ray of sunshine from a time capsule buried long ago. Here are eight things learned about the band from that set.
- They have a drummer as a vocalist.
While I’d normally say a drummer as a vocalist is a big red flag (I’m looking at you, Eagles), Julien Ehrlich pulls it off.
- While you may be feeling the Sunday night stress of a looming Monday morning back at work, Ehrlich has you beat on anxiety for what follows this afternoon.
“I just remembered I have to go meet my girlfriend’s parents for the first time after this. So, if you have any tips, or Valium or Xanax, let me know.”
- Their song “Golden Days” is about “looking at Instagram and feeling sad.”
- They feel “Golden Days” may be their best song. (They’re right. It’s killer)
When fans screamed for single “No Woman” early in the set, Ehrlich responded: “We’re not that band with just one song. Besides, ‘Golden Days’ is way better than ‘No Woman.’” After a pause, he followed up. “I’m sorry. You’re just being nice. I’m just nervous about meeting my girlfriend’s parents later.” (The band closed with “No Woman.”)
- They have all woodgrain instruments.
(I mean, other than their trumpet.) It looks sharp, too, and suited their mellow, blanket-lounging, beach ball-bouncing fest set.
- They too are a little tired after two days of ACL Fest.
“It took me like five songs to get over my hangover,” Ehrlich said.
- They go heavy on the covers.
Sunday, the band played both Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” and Neil Young’s “On The Way Home.”
- They didn’t have the best experience with crowds at back-to-back nights playing at two different House of Blues.
“I [expletive] hate the House of Blues,” Ehrlich said.
Whitney plays ACL Fest Weekend Two before heading to Voodoo Fest in New Orleans later in the month.