We’ve not heard any new material from White Lies since the release of their 3rd album, Big TV, released back in 2013. I must admit they still pop up on my iPod if I’m having a “shuffle session” now and then and they’ve got some cracking tunes which are ridiculously catchy. The London lads hinted at new things being announced on the 28th June which turned out to be the new track, ‘Take It Out On Me’. I was quite excited to listen to it and during the build up spoke to Stuart where he made this very valid point amongst our WWE theme music chat:
Fast forward a couple of days after that conversation and after considering this great point, my expectations were non-existent so I could listen to it without pre-judging, for better or worse.
So, turns out Take It Out On Me’ is an absolute belter of a comeback single. It’s got the instant feel of a White Lies track and reading about it online, has a very interesting story behind how it came about with Bassist, Charles Cave saying:
“Right up until we recorded the song it was called ‘89-1-3’. It was inspired by a lunatic on Instagram who kept commenting on a friend’s photos in pseudo-Biblical verse. From his profile, I discovered he lived in a remote cabin with a rough-looking dog. He posted weird videos in which he quoted random numbers. As a challenge, I turned them in to a song. The only problem was that it went so well everyone said it should be the first single, so I relented and gave the chorus real lyrics.”
Cave, as well as being the bassist is the main lyricist for the band and further commented on the theme of upcoming album, Friends citing:
“In the past couple of years, we’ve noticed friends’ life situations causing them to make big decisions – marriages, kids, moving out of London. 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.”
This track is personally one of my favourite first single’s from the band and with its confidence and passion, it’s clear to see why they chose it as such. Whilst maintaining their sound they’ve managed to redefine their talent of sorts with the guitar riffs more at the forefront of the track complimenting the soulful vocals of McVeigh. Despite from past experience and as stated by Stuart that the singles are usually good but the album’s seem a bit boring; I’m still looking forward to hearing the album in full. We’ll also be attending the Nottingham leg of the tour and we’re looking forward to hearing some of the classics and new tracks alike live. Welcome back White Lies!
Words by Robert Smith(@robertmsmith)
‘Friends’ is followed by a lengthy European tour which finishes with an eight-date UK run starting a month after the album’s release on 7th October.
White Lies will play the following dates in the UK:
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (November 22)
Nottingham Rock City (24)
Manchester Albert Hall (25)
Liverpool Arts Club (26)
Glasgow O2 ABC (27)
Birmingham O2 Institute (29)
Leeds Stylus (30)
Bristol O2 Academy (December 1)