Fresh of the release of their debut album “Light Upon the Lake” Chicago’s Whitney played the sold out Triple Rock yesterday.
Opening was Bloomington, IN band Hoops. Their first time in Minneapolis their attempts to connect through chat fell a bit flat (no Prince did not play US bank stadium, and the Vikings just lost their starting QB) but the crowd did not come for words of wisdom from the stage but to hear them. Their music was cool and easy and had fans dancing in the front row. While breaking down after the set band members shook hands and did a few fist bumps with fans.
Whitney may be just over a year old but the band has earned quite a few fans and critics attention. The Triple Rock was filled to capacity with a mixed crowd by the time to took to the stage. While some articles credit them with “making country feel fresh and cool” I for one, found their sound a lot more complex and expanding beyond just country. Their trumpet at times sounds jazzy, and the band is not afraid to let it hang out with songs like “Golden Days”. This was their second time in Minneapolis and singer/drummer Julien Ehrlich commented how the influx of UofM students felt different than it did a couple of months ago. Overall I really enjoyed Whitney’s set and look forward to seeing more of them.