Founding Gheorgie Whitney hasn't been seen or heard much around these parts in quite some time. Some say it's because he grew up and put away childish things. Others that he's simply too busy to make his way to this remote corner of the blogosphere. (Still others can't believe we still use the term 'blogosphere'.) Clarence, who probably knows him the best, generally tries to change the subject when it inevitably comes up.
We think we might've solved the mystery, though. Whitney was always into music, and as the lead singer of Random Idiots and several side projects with Greasetruck, Almighty Yojo, Dave, and others, he perfected an everyman vocal style that was at once relatable and not all that good.
That's all changed.
Last month, Whitney released a new record. His voice has risen to a Bon Iver-esque falsetto, and the production values have improved significantly. His band now features horns, noodling guitars, and a melancholy affect, as evident in his first single, 'No Woman'.
While none of the guys in the band look particularly like the Whitney we know, the prominent use of Pabst Blue Ribbon in the video is a dead giveaway.
Whitney plays DC9 in Washington on October 6. If that's not a great opportunity for a mini-Summit, then I don't know what is. Maybe we can get Clarence there, too.