Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian & Lead Riders)

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Secretly Canadian and Lead Riders have teamed up to present vital new music from exciting newcomers Whitney who are offering a first glimpse of what’s to come in 2016 with “No Woman.” In spite of its own lost soul whistfulness, there’s something immediately comforting and simple at the core of “No Woman,” the latest sonic missive from Chicago’s Whitney. It’s as soothing to your musical memory as the first two bars of The Chordette’s “Mr. Sandman.” It’s as unfettering and wind-through-your-hair of America’s “Pacific Coast Highway” — albeit here in an edible-induced cruise control.


Drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra) naked, soft-edged falsetto charmingly guides us through this breakup bender amid subdued strings and velveteen horn section bursts: “I left drinkin’ on the city train to spend some time on the road/Then one morning I woke up in LA, caught my breath on the coast/I’ve been going through a change/I might never be sure/I’m just walking in a haze/I’m not ready to turn.”


With writing partnership of Ehrlich and Max Kakacek (guitar, ex-Smith Westerns), Whitney has given us an anthem for moseying on and forgiving yourself of your many fumbles. Julien explains, “‘No Woman’ started to take shape when I woke up on a friend’s floor one morning. He was taking a shower and the chorus popped into my head while I was grabbing my stuff to go home. Later on Max and I sat down and wrote the chords and song structure in our apartment. It’s about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it.” This is a feeling that pervades the collection of songs the band has written and recorded over the last year, and has prepped for later in 2016.




    Feb 21, 2017
    Madison, WI
    Orpheum Theater w/ The Head and the Heart

    Feb 22, 2017
    Madison, WI
    Orpheum Theater w/ The Head and the Heart

    Feb 23, 2017
    Indianapolis, IN
    The Murat Theatre w/ The Head and the Heart

    Feb 24, 2017
    Peoria, IL
    Peoria Civic Center w/ The Head and the Heart

    Feb 25, 2017
    Columbus, OH
    Palace Theater w/ The Head and the Heart

    Feb 27, 2017
    Grand Rapids, MI
    20 Monroe Live w/ The Head and the Heart

    Feb 28, 2017
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Hill Auditorium w/ The Head and the Heart

    Mar 01, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Benedum Center for the Arts w/ The Head and the Heart

    Apr 01, 2017
    Iowa City, IA
    The Mill

    Apr 02, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    Triple Rock Social Club

    Apr 03, 2017
    Fargo, ND

    Apr 04, 2017
    Winnipeg, MB

    Apr 06, 2017
    Saskatoon, SK

    Apr 07, 2017
    Edmonton, AB

    Apr 08, 2017
    Calgary, AB

    Apr 10, 2017
    Vancouver, BC
    Biltmore Cabaret

    Apr 11, 2017
    Seattle, WA

    Apr 12, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Revolution Hall

    Apr 16, 2017
    Indio, CA

    Apr 18, 2017
    San Francisco
    The Independent

    Apr 23, 2017
    Indio, CA

    Apr 25, 2017
    Santa Fe, NM
    Meow Wolf

    Apr 27, 2017
    Houston, TX
    Secret Group

    Apr 28, 2017
    New Orleans, LA
    Tulane University

    May 01, 2017
    Lawrence, KS

    May 08, 2017
    Bloomington, IN
    The Bluebird

    May 09, 2017
    St Louis, MO
    Delmar Hall

    May 10, 2017
    Oxford, MS
    Proud Larry's

    May 16, 2017
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Cat's Cradle Main

    May 20, 2017
    Washington, DC

    May 22, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    Union Transfer

    May 24, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Brooklyn Steel