White Lies discuss their ping pong battles with Kings Of Leon at T In The Park

The London band talk competitive sports at the Scottish festival

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White Lies have told NME all about their ping pong battles with touring buddies Kings Of Leon at T In The Park.

Speaking ahead of their Friday evening set on the Radio 1/NME Stage, White Lies talked about their recent tour with the Southern rockers, explaining that when the two bands get together, they like to embark on serious “competitive sports action”.

“Whether it be darts, table tennis or shuffleboard – whatever they [Kings Of Leon] can get their hands on,” revealed drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown.

“It’s a little bit embarrassing for them, but I crushed Caleb [Followill] at ping pong the other day,” said bassist Charles Cave. “Off the record though, because I don’t want him to get upset,” he joked.

“I played Nathan [Followill] on the American tour,” added Lawrence-Brown and I was losing so badly – and he was pretty far gone by this point – that he swapped to his left hand and still beat me. It was a low point in my life.”

The band also confirmed that they would not be starting work on the follow up to this year’s ‘Ritual’ album until the first half of next year. “We really haven’t given it much thought to be honest,” said frontman Harry McVeigh. “We’re still touring this album for another six months and I should imagine after that we’ll take a bit of time off.”

White Lies played:

‘Farewell To The Fairground’
‘Holy Ghost’
‘To Lose My Life’
‘Strangers’
‘E.S.T.’
‘Is Love’
‘Price Of Love’
‘A Place To Hide’
‘Bad Love’
‘Death’
‘Unfinished Business’
‘The Power & The Glory’
‘Bigger Than Us’


NME.COM is coming live from the T In The Park and Sonisphere this weekend. Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals/t-in-the-park and NME.COM/festivals/sonisphere for news, blogs, photo galleries and video interviews from both sites.

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