UK post-punk trio White Lies have come blazing back into our music streams with an excellent new fourth album, Friends.
Lead vocalist Harry McVeigh and his mates have really struck some new wave gold with singles like “Hold Back Your Love,” which undoubtedly was inspired by their recording of the album in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia!
To support the album, White Lies are launching a short US tour that kicks off at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Said bassist Charles Cave, “America is a huge place, and much as we would like to play five times as many cities, we’ve put together a couple of weeks of shows that we hope many of our fans can find their way to.”
Watch the official music video for “Hold Back Your Love,” which features a lot of people in their underwear, by White Lies on YouTube:
White Lies have seen increasing popularly and audience with every return visit to DC. Undoubtedly, part of their success is attributable to the fact that they are such canny craftsmen of the staple post-punk sound. Although they undoubtedly owe a debt to Joy Division, Charles has rejected the labeling of his band as a “goth” band and stressed their uplifting outlook.
As I observed when White Lies last visited us at 9:30 Club in February 2014, “Deft moves like adding [a] Prince cover, along with an earnest and humble performance that eschews wailing theatrics, gives you plenty of reason to acknowledge that White Lies are forging their own path.”
I’m calling for this show to sell out! Don’t sleep on it. Tickets are available online.