King Tut’s, Glasgow, Fri 3 Oct
No money, nights drawing in, a new Kaiser Chiefs record on the way … There’s a lot of stuff to sob about these days, and while you’re at it you’d better add White Lies to the list. When the brooding Bunnymen-esque West London trio (formerly known as Fear of Flying) put on their first show to family and friends there were tears-a-plenty, and as frontman Harry McVeigh explains during some rare time off, it’s all down to the way they perform.
‘The best moments we’ve had as a band have been during gigs. We’ve put in so much work on our live shows. Before that first gig we spent five or six months rehearsing, which is unusual for a band these days, especially in London. I guess now we really get into the songs in a serious way when we play them and it’s quite emotional and intense. It’s our chance to connect with people in a real way.’
With a debut recorded in Brussels on the way in January, full of dark rock songs based around the themes of murder, madness, revenge, love, loss and death – cheery stuff, eh? – McVeigh says he can’t wait to hear what people make of it. ‘I guess it’s like the calm before the storm for us at the moment but we all feel very positive about how everyone will react to the album. It’s amazing,’ he adds. ‘We never thought a year and a half ago that we would ever be in this position so we’re going to really enjoy it.’