British Indie band White Lies, stopped off in Singapore last night for a one off gig at the intimate Tab venue. Holding probably not more than a couple of thousand, it was great opportunity to see them close up. The last time I saw them was in the larger surroundings of the main tent at Australia’s ‘Splendour in the Grass’ festival in 2009
White Lies have been a bit neglected by the media since their excellent 2009 debut album, “To Lose my Life”, when they garnered a series of awards including Q’s Best Band, and Mojo’s ‘Breakthrough Band’ as well as claiming a number one spot.
While they don’t seem to have been able to capitalise on their early success, they’ve been hard at it since their debut, releasing two good follow-ups, “Ritual” and last year’s “Big TV”. Their ability to write strongly melodic songs, with big choruses, and an uplifting clean sound, is as strong as ever, helped by singer Harry McVeigh’s strong voice, reminiscent of Julian Cope and Brandon Flowers
With a couple of exceptions, guitar bands seem to be a bit out of favour right now. Perhaps if they had appeared a decade before, they’d be as big as The Killers, a band, to my ears at least, they share alot in common with. If they can keep going, and maintain the quality of musical releases , their time may well come again
Set List here