White Lies have opened up on how making their fifth album ‘Five’ proved to be one of their biggest challenges to date, and how they might be planning to celebrate the record that launched their careers.
Speaking to NME, singer Harry McVeigh explained how the post-punk band had to figure out their next moves after finishing the touring cycle for 2016’s ‘Friends’ without a record deal.
“After every touring cycle we take a few months to recuperate and reset our lives, being away for that amount of time can be quite disruptive,” explained McVeigh. “We were also a bit up in the air at the end of the last album cycle as we didn’t have a record deal or anything, so we had to figure out how we would create the next record.
“But we managed to find some cash that allowed us to record it ourselves. Since then we’ve obviously signed a new deal but it was interesting for us, to have complete control of how we were going to put the record together.”
While many other bands might see it as a moment of crisis, McVeigh insists that the band never saw the need to panic.
“We know that we’ve got fans all over the world who love our music. It definitely took a bit of figuring out before we knew how we would put it together,” he said.
“I think we just had to focus on good songs and make sure we had the material. It doesn’t matter how you record something, if the songs are good then you’ve got a strong foundation there. But we never worried, it was just a bit more complicated.”
As well as releasing their latest record, last month marked the tenth anniversary of ‘To Lose My Life’, their acclaimed debut. Although the band are yet to formally recognise the milestone, McVeigh teased that fans could be hearing the record in its entirety very soon.
“We’re definitely thinking about it,” he told NME. “We have a lot of nostalgia for that album and for quite a lot of people it marked a big moment in their lives. When I look at the ages of people coming to the shows now, it’s usually a similar age to us. It kinda feels like they’ve grown up with the band and there’s something nostalgic about that.
“It’s an album that started our whole career and it means a lot to us too. We even play a lot of the material from that first record so yeah, we’re definitely thinking about it. It’s in our minds, although we’re focusing on this album at the moment and how the tour goes.”
The album release comes ahead of a busy year that will see the band heading out for festival season once more – including a headline slot at Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival. For McVeigh, it’s a chance to win over the uninitiated.
“The main thing with a festival show is realising that not everyone is specifically there to see you, so you have to make it a lot more accessible than one of your one shows. That’s something that took me a long time to learn, it’s a really tricky thing to do and feels a bit unnatural – you’re pushing yourself to do things you don’t normally do,” he said.
“But I like both! With your own show you can have a bit of production and tailor it to being a special event for White Lies fans, but a festival show means you’ll have to be more open and let people in. That’s something we’ll definitely focus on over the summer.”
White Lies will play Y Not Festival on July 26.