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.”
#SqualGoals? 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.