White Lies have today released two more tracks titled ‘Hold Back Your Love’ & ‘Morning In LA’ from their album ‘Friends’ due October 7th. After three consecutive Top 5 albums, this is the first release under a new deal with BMG and both tracksshowcase another taste of what the highly anticipated new album has to offer.
White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt ‘Hold Back Your Love’. This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings ” Hold back your love, you know that I’ve had my doubts”.
Says White Lies’Charles Cave on ‘Hold Back Your Love’; “It’s hard for me to talk about ‘Hold Back Your Love’ in a measured way. We all absolutely love this song. I felt the same after we recorded ‘Death’, ‘Bigger Than Us’, or ‘Big TV’. Call it emotional attachment, or hopefully just a ‘good ear’, this song feels like it confidently sits itself down on the front row of White Lies songs that fall into elusive ‘encore’ territory. I’m struggling to remember how this song came about, which is always a positive feeling as it suggests the process was a totally pleasurable and inspirational one, but I know that it was written quickly and the melodies seemed to do that dreamy thing of writing themselves. I think we were in a ‘Tango In The Night’ state of pop when this song came about, and you can definitely hear that in the middle section. But equally, (and this band has been a huge influence since we were fifteen) there’s a solid Talking Heads stomp that, dare I say it, you can almost dance to!”
‘Morning In LA’ opens with a contagious synth melody, driving bass and rhythm guitars leading to a soaring chorus filled with vibrant shiny production, ethereal shimmering synths and big bold vocals from McVeigh that hypnotise.
Says Cave of ‘Morning In LA‘; “Morning in LA was the first eureka moment during the writing of this record, and luckily came about quite soon after starting which gave us a huge boost of confidence to continue with. Much like our song ‘Big TV’ from the last record, this is a song about modern life, and I think there’s a subtlety to the lyrics that people will find endearing and hopefully somewhat moving. ‘Morning In LA’ is about disenchantment with the place you live, having to see it change around you – sometimes in a way that feels less than positive, and it’s about also watching your friends make life choices that may shift how your relationship works, in this case that frustration comes from dealing with time zones – wanting to be able to call your friend like you used to but realising they live in America now and are still asleep. So it’s a love song really, a love song for friends, and a hate song for time zones.”
‘Friends’ was recorded in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia and was self-produced by the band. White Lies enlisted the help of an expert team including Grammy Award-winning engineer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs) on mixing duties and long-term collaborator Ed Buller who contributed additional production.
The ten-track album will be released on CD, vinyl, picture disc, digital download and streaming formats, as well as a special box set edition which will include a cassette and four exclusive bonus tracks. Pre-orders are now open at all retailers including White Lies’ official store, iTunes and Amazon where ‘Take It Out On Me’, ‘Come On’, ‘Morning in LA’ and ‘Hold Back Your Love’ are all available as immediate downloads.
White Lies – completed by drummer Jack Brown – are also embarking on an extensive UK and European tour which stretches from mid October through to the start of December. It includes a major homecoming show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 22nd.
White Lies full tour schedule is:
13th – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
14th – Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje
15th – France, Paris, Trabendo
17th – Luxembourg, Den Atelier
18th – Belgium, Brussels, AB
19th – Belgium, Brussels, AB
21st – Germany, Frankfurt, Gibson
22nd – Germany, Osnabruck, Rosenhof
23rd – Germany, Cologne, Kantine
25th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
26th – Sweden, Stockholm, Debaser
27th – Norway, Oslo, Rockefeller
29th – Denmark, Aarhus, Train
30th – Germany, Hamburg, U&G
31st – Germany, Berlin, Huxleys
2nd – Poland, Gdansk, Stary Manez
3rd – Poland, Warsaw, Progesja
4th – Czech Republic, Prague, Lucerna Music Hall
5th – Austria, Vienna, Ottakringer Brauerei
8th – Croatia, Zagreb, Tvornika Kulture
9th – Germany, Munich, Fabrik
10th – Switzerland, Zurich, Kauflauten
11th – Switzerland, Lausanne, Metropop Festival
13th – Italy, Rome, Orion
14th – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
16th – Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
17th – Spain, Madrid, Arena
18th – Portugal, Lisbon, CCB
22nd – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24th – UK, Nottingham, Rock City
25th – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall
26th – UK, Liverpool, Arts Club
27th – UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC
29th – UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute
30th – UK, Leeds, Stylus
1st – UK, Bristol, O2 Academy
3rd – Greece, Athens, Iera Odos
4th – Greece, Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre