Biography

Light Upon the Lake, the debut from Whitney, was born from early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the most brutal winters in Chicago’s history. Vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek began writing unflinching, honest songs about everything from break-ups to the passing of Ehrlich’s grandfather. The pair leaned on one another for both honest critique and a sounding board for working through their newly-discovered truths.

The brief, intense period of creativity for the band yielded Light Upon the Lake’s exceptional, unfussy combination of soul, breezy ’60s/’70s rock, and somber heartbreak woven together by hopeful, golden threads. After critical acclaim and nearly nonstop touring since the album’s 2016 release, Ehrlich and Kakacek are going back to their roots — for the first time, the full demos from Light Upon the Lake will be made available.

Most notably, the record includes a never-before-released track, “You and Me.” Written and performed back in 2014/15, it’s a fresh, unexpected glance into Whitney’s past creative headspace. And after a whirlwind year following the debut, the demos offer a way for listeners to get a glimpse into the very beginning of Whitney’s sound. While the band’s preparing to move forward, the Light Upon the Lake demos lay out the foundation upon which Whitney’s singular musical viewpoint was built.

“After almost two years of non-stop touring we decided we wanted to close the chapter on Light Upon the Lake by releasing the songs in their earliest incarnations alongside a cover of a band favorite by Allen Toussaint, and an unreleased track called ‘You and Me.’ We’re looking towards LP2 as we finish out the year on the road.” — Love, Max and Julien

Whitney News

May 13, 2019

Whitney Expands Fall U.S. Headline Tour

Whitney – the Chicago-based band led by vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek – has expanded its fall U.S. headline tour. This includes a second night at Brooklyn Steel in New York, which the band previously sold out on the back of their debut album, 'Light Upon The Lake.'

Nov 10, 2017

‘Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings’ Out Today

Today’s the day! Whitney‘s ‘Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings‘ is out now. The LP includes the previously unreleased track we shared last month, “You and Me,” which was written in 2014-2015 during the early sessions for Light Upon the Lake.

Sep 28, 2017

Whitney Announces ‘Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings’ Out November 10th

Whitney are pleased to announce the release of Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings coming out November 10th, and share the previously unreleased song, “You and Me.”

Jun 08, 2017

Whitney Wins “Breakthrough Artist” At A2IM Libera Awards

It’s hard not to wake up feeling good on Friday mornings – another work week over, the weekend stretching ahead. Today’s Friday morning feels extra good, though – we’re so excited to report that Whitney won “Breakthrough Artist” at last night’s A2IM Libera Awards.

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Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago (IL)

21/07/2019

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A Summer's Tale Festival , Luhmühlen (DE)

01/08/2019

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Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)

05/08/2019

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Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)

06/08/2019

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Voxhal, Aarhus (DE)

07/08/2019

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Haldern Pop 2019, Haldern (DE)

09/08/2019

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