Fresh from a summer festival season, Whitney returned to the UK with their indelible mixture of Chicago-style jazz and Prince-style pop for a string of sell out dates.
Brighton venue, The Haunt may be smaller than some of the summer stages the band have played this year, but it didn’t take away from the fan-fare performance of what we now expect of a Whitney gig. Filled with infectious melodies and almost childlike humour from lead singer and drummer, Julien Ehrlich amongst the swoo.
Max Kakacek and Julien, former members of The Smith Westerns, took to the stage with their supporting band of friends for opener ‘Dave’s Song’. It became clear as soon as we heard the first few notes that we were in good hands.
Despite Julien confessing he was feeling a little under the weather and asking the crowd for tissues part way through the gig, this didn’t affect his performance. The band covered a lot of musical ground as they played their way through their highly acclaimed debut album, Light Upon the Lake and treated the us to some new unheard tracks and two covers. Their version of Bob Dylans ‘Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You’ and the Everly Brothers ‘So Sad’ oozed Whitney style whilst keeping the distinctive harmonies of the originals intact to make the songs uniquely their own.
The bands use of brass and their understated and unique song writting style puts Whitney into a niche category.
They are a band that appear to have outgrown this tour not long after it went on sale. And despite the tour being a sell-out, something tells me that Whitney’s golden days are yet to come.