It’s always a little strange when an artist, band, or producer can hold their own when sharing the stage with acts like LCD Soundsystem, New Order, and The Buzzcocks. In the case of the Whitey though, shit just makes perfect sense. After completing his second long-player, Great Shakes, for 1234 Records, this genre-defying, remix-rendering Englishman (alongside a thorough accompanying band) is going to destroy the West Coast and parts of Mexico.
But the term multi-instrumentalist only goes so far when discussing Whitey’s recording history. He did write, program, sing, and play a bounty of instruments on his 2005 debut The Light at the End of the Tunnel, but Great Shakes and his live set are now filled with the energy of live instrumentation–an awesome shift from the world of solo production and bedroom remixing.
Great Shakes remains on the same electro-indie wavelength that’s become synonymous with N.J. Whitey, but this time around he’s having (now unnamed) guests come through, adding some serious collaborative flair. Even though Klaxons may reign as England’s live hype-masters, Whitey may take the crown for most bitchin’ performance.
Great Shakes is out in October on 1234 Records.
3/3 Los Angeles, CA: Echo Lounge
4/4 San Diego, CA: Beauty Bar
4/5 Santa Cruz, CA: Rio Theatre
4/6 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
4/7 Sacramento, CA: Blue Lamp
4/9 Vancouver, BC: Media Club
4/10 Seattle, WA: Chop Suey
4/11 Portland, OR: Dante's
4/14 Las Vegas, NV: Beauty Bar
4/16 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theatre
4/19 Tijuana, Mexico: Tentaculo Bar
4/20 Guadalajara, Mexico: Teatreo Estudio Cavaret
4/21 Mexico City, Mexico: La Tirana