White Lies
White Lies
Label: Geffen Records
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


White Lies claim Joy Division, the Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen as key influences. Indeed, the dark-edged trio are so committed to the UK post-punk scene that the young London trio signed to Fiction Records, a Polydor imprint best known for its 1980s releases by the Cure and the Associates. Singer and guitarist Harry McVeigh, bassist and lyricist Charles Cave, and drummer and keyboardist Jack Lawrence Brown originally formed the group as school friends in their native West London under the name Fear of Flying in 2004. After two neo-Britpop 2006 singles on the Young and Lost Club label, "Routemaster" (produced by Britpop mainstay Stephen Street) and "Three's A Crowd," the trio changed musical directions, creating doomy material like the funereal murder ballad "Unfinished Business" and the self explanatory "Death," changing their name and adapting a new and more somber group persona. Following the release of the Nick Cave like "Unfinished Business" in April 2008, the trio made their television debut on Later With Jools Holland and began recording their debut album with producers Ed Buller and Max Dingel. Second single "Death" was announced as a September 2008 release, coinciding with the trio's first tour of the UK as headliners.[AMG Stewart Mason]