Whitney Announce New Album SPARK and 2022 Tour Dates

The band has also shared lead single "REAL LOVE"

Whitney, photo courtesy of the artists

    Whitney are back in a big, all-caps kind of way to announce the new album SPARK. It’s out September 16th via Secretly Canadian, and to herald its coming, the Chicago duo have shared the lead single, “REAL LOVE,” as well as an expansive run of 2022 tour dates. Tickets are available here.

    SPARK comes on the heels of the 2020 covers album, Candid, and is the studio follow-up to 2019’s Forever Turned Around. Guitarist Max Kakacek and drummer Julien Ehrlich initially struggled with these songs, not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic that took Kakacek’s grandfather in December of 2020. But eventually, never-ending lockdowns came to feel like, if not a blessing, then at least a boon to the writing process.

    “We had time to just sit and watch the body of work grow in real time,” Ehrlich said in a statement. “We were just stacking stronger and stronger songs on top of each other.” Kakacek added, “Our favorite way to make records, the way we made the first one.”


    But that doesn’t mean the sound is the same. Whitney’s psych-folk aesthetic has evolved on “REAL LOVE,” with lightly-filtered keyboards and crisp drums pushed to the fore of the mix like you might hear in hip-hop or dance. “Max and I wrote ‘REAL LOVE’ in June 2021 right after a cross country move back to Chicago,” Ehrlich said. “I was experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and panic, while the entire city was re-emerging from isolation. I’ve been running away from and self medicating my anxiety for as long as I can remember, but for whatever reason, it felt like it was time to dive straight into it.

    “During late night sessions over a two week period, we captured the embrace of anxiety and fear in a way that resonated with us immediately,” he continued. “We spent the next few summer nights driving on Ashland with the windows down and the song turned up. It felt like an emotional and musical burst of light and we’re so grateful to finally be sharing that with people.” The track comes with an Aaron Brown-directed music video, and you can check it out below.


    Odds are you’ll be able to hear it live on the band’s upcoming tour. Whitney will hit the road in late September with a jaunt through the midwest. October will see them break west through Colorado and then fishhook across the south towards the east coast, and in November they’ll jump across the Atlantic for a sprint through Europe. They’ll return stateside in December, wrapping up a three-night stand in the venue that could double as a second home for the band, Chicago’s Thalia Hall. Once again, you can book your seat here.

    Check out the full list of tour dates after the jump. Pre-orders for SPARK are ongoing.

    Whitney 2022 Tour Dates:
    09/29 — Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel
    09/30 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
    10/01 — Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
    10/03 — Fort Collins, CO @ The Aggie
    10/04 — Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
    10/05 — Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
    10/07 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Jones Assembly
    10/08 — Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
    10/09 — St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
    10/11 — Oxford, MS @ The Lyric
    10/12 — Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    10/14 — Miami, FL @ Miami Beach Bandshell
    10/15 — Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
    10/17 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
    10/19 — Jacksonville, FL @ Intuition Ale Works
    10/20 — Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    10/22 — Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
    10/23 — Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
    10/24 — Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
    10/25 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    10/26 — Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
    10/28 — Nashville, TN @ Eastside Bowl
    10/30 — Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
    11/06 — Paris, FR @ Trabendo
    11/08 — Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
    11/09 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    11/10 — Cologne, DE @ Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
    11/11 — Munich, DE @ Freiheizhalle
    11/12 — Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
    11/13 — Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
    11/15 — Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Club
    11/16 — Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
    11/17 — Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
    11/18 — Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
    11/19 — Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
    11/20 — Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
    11/22 — Bristol, UK @SWX
    11/23 — London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    11/24 — Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
    11/25 — Glasgow, UK @ QMU
    11/27 — Dublin, IE @ The Academy
    12/08 — Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    12/09 — Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
    12/10 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    12/11 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    12/14 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
    12/15 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
    12/16 — Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot
    12/21 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    12/22 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    12/23 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall


    SPARK Artwork:

    whitney spark album artwork

    SPARK Tracklist:
    02. BACK THEN
    03. BLUE
    04. TWIRL
    05. REAL LOVE
    06. MEMORY
    07. SELF
    09. TERMINAL

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