After three consecutive Top 5 albums, White Lies have released their fourth album ‘Friends’. The first release under a new deal with BMG. The trio were temporarily without a label after some record company reorganisation. But rather than re-sign straight away, they decided to release ‘Friends’ under their own label without the pressure of a deadline or a budget, or even a producer.
With ‘Friends’, White Lies haven’t so much abandoned their trademark synth-rock sound as given it a spring clean by exploring new sounds. For many reasons, it felt like a fresh start. Whatever sound each song suggested, White Lies went with it. Hence, when ‘Hold Back Your Love’ and ‘Is My Love Enough’ sparkled with disco grooves, they embraced it. When the beautiful ballad ‘Don’t Fall’ jettisoned their signature sound entirely, leaving only frontman Harry McVeigh’s sumptuous, sonorous vocals to connect it to White Lies of old, they stuck with it. Similarly, when the triumphant ‘Summer Didn’t Change A Thing’ harked back to the arena-ready rock of their debut, they didn’t mind.
The changing nature of relationships is a recurring theme throughout the album.
“In the past couple of years, we’ve noticed friends’ life situations causing them to make big decisions – marriages, kids, moving out of London,” says bassist and lyricist Charles Cave. “Friendships have begun to feel adult and our perception of time has changed. As kids, if you didn’t see a mate for a fortnight, you’d wonder what was wrong. Now you might not see someone for six months and it doesn’t matter.”
‘Friends’ was recorded in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia and was self-produced by the band. White Lies enlisted the help of an expert team including Grammy Award-winning engineer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), David Wrench (Caribou, FKA twigs) on mixing duties and long-term collaborator Ed Buller who contributed additional production.
White Lies – completed by drummer Jack Brown – can also announce details of an extensive UK and European tour which stretches from late September through to the start of December. It includes a major homecoming show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 22nd.
The band’s full tour schedule is:
18th – Portugal, Lisbon, Aula Magna
22nd – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24th – UK, Nottingham, Rock City
25th – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall
26th – UK, Liverpool, Arts Club
27th – UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC
29th – UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute
30th – UK, Leeds, Stylus
1st – UK, Bristol, O2 Academy