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White Lies – To Lose My Life

September 24, 2009

Written By: Darwin Green
(Reviews Editor)


Label: Geffen – Rating:

The album opens onto the listener like a cool, soft breeze through an open window in a spacious house. While the song builds and builds toward a momentous conclusion there appears within the disparate elements that comprise the first track, a sense of exuberance and freedom. It’s comparable to The Shin’s “Sleeping Lessons,” the first track on Wincing the Night Away, except that this song uses such unusual combinations as synthesizers and heavily reverbed surf guitar elements before plunging into a cascade of drums and up-front distortion. If one can picture The Shins, Arcade Fire, and Interpol having a night under the stars together while they look at the band Love is All through binoculars, it might portray the emotional underpinnings of the opening song.

And this is the energy they’re supposed to carry through the whole album. The band, however, chooses sides with Interpol, Joy Division, and possibly The Smiths on the next track, and pretty much throughout the remainder of the album. It has drive and glides through dark, murky territory, as though reaching a hand out the window of an airplane through air filled with black smoke, travelling quickly enough to get through it but deep enough within it to let it soak in. It’s the perfect music to share the low pitch of a summer night’s darkness while exploring the frequency of nostalgia, or just background music to a good make-out session.

Like White Lies? Check out: Interpol, Joy Division, Dark Room Notes.

White Lies Embark On Arena Tour W/ Kings Of Leon

September 11, 2009

MOJO’s Breakthrough Artist of 2009, White Lies, will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Sept. 10th and embark on a Fall arena tour as main support for Kings of Leon kicking off September 28th in Minneapolis, MN. The fall trek with Kings of Leon will have White Lies playing to packed crowds across the US and will culminate on October 16th with a show at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN. Prior to these dates, White Lies will be doing a few shows on their own including a headlining performance at New York City’s famed Webster Hall on September 25th and at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4th. In addition, the band’s massively successful single “Death” is on the soundtrack for the film Jennifer’s Body, alongside bands including Silversun Pickups, Little Boots, and Black Kids.

This highly coveted main support slot comes on the heels of what has been nothing short of an already extremely successful year for London’s hottest newcomers. The band released their debut album To Lose My Life earlier this year and the record shot to No. 1 on the UK albums chart the week of release. NME featured the band on their cover and glowing reviews poured in from The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Fly. Stateside they earned praise from numerous publications including Rolling Stone, who called the album “polished synth rock…full of pulsating bass lines and high def keyboard atmospherics”, SPIN and The New York Times among others. Following the debut album’s release White Lies opened for The Cure at the NME Big Gig at London’s premier O2 venue, embarked on tours with Snow Patrol and Glasvegas in Europe and a co-headlining tour with Friendly Fires in the US, performed a slew of successful shows at the annual SXSW Music Festival and played to a massive crowd at this year’s Coachella Music Festival.

The band has taken their critically-acclaimed sound around the world with performances at renowned international music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Roskilde, T in the Park, Benicassim, Virgin Mobil Festival, Rock Am Ring, Isle of Wight, Reading and Leeds. White Lies is also joining Coldplay on European dates as main support including a massive show at Wembley Stadium before they head over to the States in September.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the band live when they play at a city near you, and for the most up-to-date information, head over to myspace.com/whitelies or www.whitelies.com.

Check out the live video for “Death” on CWG TV.

North American Tour Dates:
Sept. 25th Webster Hall New York, NY
26th Phoenix Theater Toronto, ONT
28th Target Center Minneapolis, MN
29th Metro Chicago, IL
30th Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
Oct 3rd OK Ford Center Oklahoma City, OK
4th Austin City Limits Austin, TX
6th Toyota Center Houston, TX
7th American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
9th Phillips Arena Atlanta, GA
10th Rupp Arena Lexington, KY
12th Mid America Centre Council Bluffs, IA
13th Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
15th BJCC Birmingham, AL
16th Sommet Center Nashville, TN

White Lies – Death (Live)

August 27, 2009

White Lies have had a busy 2009 – Their chart topping debut album To Lose My Life (Geffen/Fiction) received glowing critic’s reviews and following the March release stateside, the band kicked off a coast to coast US tour with a raucous filled SXSW in Austin, TX and ended the trek with a performance to a packed crowd at the annual Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA.

The band has spent the summer performing at major festivals around the globe including Beicassim, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Lollapalooza and this September will play both Reading and Leeds, as well as embark on a European tour with Coldplay before returning to the US to hit the road with Kings of Leon.