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White Lies announce new album, tour

By | Published on Wednesday 29 June 2016

White Lies

White Lies have announced that they will release their fourth album, ‘Friends’, on 7 Oct. It is not a concept album based on the sitcom of the same name, but imagine if it was.

Explaining what it’s actually all about, bassist and lyricist Charles Cave says: “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”.

The album’s first single, ‘Take It Out On Me’, is out now. It started out as an experiment to write a chorus using only numbers. A failed experiment, Cave notes.

“Right up until we recorded the song it was called ’89-1-3′”, he says. “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”.

Yeah, ‘lunatic’ isn’t really a word you should be throwing around quite so readily, it being 2016 and all. Still, you can listen to the de-numbered song here:

The band will be touring later this year. Here are their UK dates:

22 Nov: London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24 Nov: Nottingham, Rock City
25 Nov: Manchester, Albert Hall
26 Nov: Liverpool, Arts Club
27 Nov: Glasgow, ABC
29 Nov: Birmingham, Institute
30 Nov: Leeds, Stylus
1 Dec: Bristol, Academy