New single is inspired by ‘A lunatic on Instagram’
White Lies have announced details of a new album, tour and single for their first new material since 2013’s ‘Big TV’ album.
Out on October 7, ‘Friends’ is self-produced by the trio of Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave and Jack Brown and was recorded at Bryan Ferry’s London studio.
The album is preceded by new single ‘Take It Out On Me’, which can be streamed below and impacts on August 12. Bassist Charles Cave said of the song: ““Right up until we recorded the song it was called ‘89-1-3’. 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.”
‘Friends’ is followed by a lengthy European tour which finishes with an eight-date UK run starting a month after the album’s release.
The album is available as both regular vinyl and a picture disc as well as standard CD and download formats. A box-set adds four extra songs and a cassette of the album.
Cave, White Lies’ main lyricist, said that friendship is a major theme of the album. He commented: “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.”
White Lies will play:
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (November 22)
Nottingham Rock City (24)
Manchester Albert Hall (25)
Liverpool Arts Club (26)
Glasgow O2 ABC (27)
Birmingham O2 Institute (29)
Leeds Stylus (30)
Bristol O2 Academy (December 1)