Words: Oliver Childs | Photography: Jack Tobin
A lot can happen in ten years. An artist can (and probably will) change their style of music to develop as an artist. White Lies are no different. However, the one constant factor of the three-piece that has remained the same over the last ten years is just how phenomenal they are live.
The London lads are playing O2 Academy Brixton, showcasing two sets brilliantly wrapped into one. The first half consists of playing their first album, To Loose My Life (released a decade ago) in its entirety. On stage, the boys aren’t playing around. Half way through their first song, ‘Death’, confetti cannons are shooting off, causing the greatest cheer. Singer Harry McVeigh thanks the audience throughout the set, but wastes no time in powering through the album that got kickstarted their impressive career.
‘The Price of Love’ brings the first half to an end. The next half of the set starts whilst the crowd are still cheering. Playing only fan favourites from the last three records in the band’s discography, hands are waving all round the venue as beer is being thrown from one side to the other. The crowd seems to calm down when ‘Big TV’ comes on, only for them to sing the last chorus at the top of their lungs.
Despite being around for over a decade, this Brixton gig has asserted White Lies as conosseurs of live music. A band who are at their strongest on stage.