Fri 30 June
Over the past decade White Lies has made a name for itself amongst the cream of British guitar bands, even though opinions were divided initially. On the one hand the trio was accused of sounding too much like Editors, Interpol and Joy Division. Others heard an important new group which was continuing to build on this tradition. The second camp turned out to be the biggest. The debut album ‘To Lose My Life…’ (2009) acquired more than 1 million fans worldwide. Their second album ‘Ritual’ (2011) found itself in the top 5 in Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands two weeks after it was released. With White Lies the pleasure is great yet subdued. Indeed, the trio have a rather pessimistic view of life. “Life isn’t simple”, says guitarist Charles Cave. “That’s why it’s no big deal if you feel sad from time to time.” White Lies doesn’t let itself become paralysed by it. Go and see them live and you’ll be won over!