White Lies - The 2014Tour
The hottest British post-punk band recording today is back on tour, still promoting their
most recent release Big TV. Spanning four continents and over eleven countries, White Lies is sure to be coming to your neighborhood
sometime in the near future. Tour dates include Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong; Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai and Beijing,
China; Tucson, Arizona; the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Oakland, California;
Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, Canada; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine; Rotterdam, Netherlands;
the Southside Festival in Germany; Rock-A-Field in Luxembourg; BBK Festival in Spain; and the Y Not Festival at Pikehill,
About White Lies
Forming in London, White Lies consists of Harry McVeigh on vocals and
guitar, Charles Cave on bass and Jack Lawrence-Brown on drums. Harry, Charles and Jack would meet and begin collaborating
when they were fifteen years old. Formerly known as Fear of Flying, the band renamed itself once it felt its music was heading
in a direction drastically different than their previous project.
In interviews, the band would speak about the maturity
gap between Fear of Flying and White Lies. In particular, Fear of Flying's lyrics were "[not] about anything personal…
I would make up semi-comical stories that weren't really important to anyone, not even me". In contrast, he's described his
songwriting with White Lies as "quite dark, [and are] how we see ourselves". Fans of the band have seen their songwriting
and sound continue to progress and mature over the last six years, as their lyrics are dark while at the same time cathartic
The band would draw heavily on the many hugely influential Brit-pop and Brit-rock bands that came before
them. Critics have pointed out the heavy influences of such acts as Joy Division, the Editors, The Bravery, Depeche Mode,
and Interpol. Lead singer Harry McVeigh's vocals have been compared to Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, and the band has
cited the Talking Heads and the Secret Machines as major influences. Still, they insist that their sound and style are unique
and that while they are humbled by the comparisons, in the end they have a very unique sound and message.
Even before their release of their first album, White Lies were being pegged by multiple publications as "ones
to watch" for the coming year. The predictions would come true as White Lies would experience immediate commercial and critical
success after the release of their debut album To Lose My Life… in 2009. The album would debut number one on the UK
albums chart and get them signed with label heavyweight Fiction Records. Carried by the emotional singles "Unfinished Business"
and "Death", the band would embark on a continent spanning tour across Europe, North America and Asia, and amidst a flurry
of other media appearances, would not be able to focus on writing new material.
Riding the wave of success from To Lose
My Life…, White Lies would play the major Reading and Leeds Festival, Oxegen, and T in the Park. Across the pond they
would perform at CMJ Music Festival in New York, South By SouthWest in Austin, and Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio,
California. They would compete with major acts such as Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon to become the first British band in 2009
to achieve number one album. They would play gigs on both Last Call with Carson Daly as well as Late Show with David Letterman.
White Lies had taken North America and Europe by storm, and the whole music industry was waiting with bated breath for what
material they would put out next.
In between supporting acts Kings of Leon and Coldplay, the band would take a break
from touring to head to the studio with new material. Ritual would be released in 2011 with the single "Bigger Than Us". They
would continue to tour worldwide, and it wouldn't be another two years until their third album, Big TV would be released.
Both were critically acclaimed and were seen as worthy follow ups to To Lose My Life….
band themselves, while compared to Joy Division and the Editors, think that they're much more upbeat and spirited than their
fellow Brit rockers. They also claim that that era of Brit-rock was before their team, and not a major influence on their
The band did a cover of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown", which was released as a b-side to their single release
"Farewell to the Fairground".
The White Lies Concert Experience
White Lies' dark yet cathartic musical
style make for a performance that is energetic and emotionally packed. The band has a knack for connecting with their fans,
with crowds passionately singing along with McVeigh's heavy, resonate voice that is complemented perfectly by the band's indie-goth
sound. For diehard fans and the uninitiated alike, seeing White Lies live is more than just a performance, it's an emotional
rollercoaster of euphoric highs and pensive lows. It is definitely an experience you do not want to miss.