Wednesday, 19 January 2011

White Lies Live (Photo Heavy)

On Monday I went to see White Lies perform at HMV on Oxford Street. They did a small set, and signed copies of their new album, Ritual, which was also released on Monday. For those of you who don't know about White Lies, chances are, if you're in England, you would have heard 'Bigger Than Us': it is seriously on everywhere.

They released their debut album in 2009, called 'To Lose My Life' and it is an amazing album. I remember listening to it non-stop and even now, I still like to listen to it on repeat. It's full of some absolute classic songs (Farewell To The Fairground and From The Stars are my personal favourites) and it's such a pleasure to listen to.


After a 2 year wait, White Lies released their second album and did a launch at HMV, with a set and signing session. As it wasn't a ticket event, it really was first come first serve. I tried to get there as early as I could (2 1/2 hours early), and was near the front, and about 20 minutes before they were due to come on, I looked behind me and the whole store was absolutely packed. There were a good couple of hundred people, if not more, packed into HMV.


I've heard amazing things about White Lies live and they really lived upto all my expectations. They came on and did a few song from their new album. As the album had only been released that day, it was my first proper hearing of it, and they were pretty incredible. White Lies were really good live: I was seriously impressed. I wish I could describe how amazing they were live, but I don't think words could do the performance justice. They clearly loved every second of being on stage as there were huge smiles when we cheered, and endless 'Thank you so much' after each song. They had a fantastic atmosphere and Harry, the lead singer, had so much emotion in his voice and face. He has such a stand out voice, that you could never get sick of it.


 White Lies then went on to play one of their classics from their first album, 'Death' and then the title track from the new album 'Bigger Than Us'. As these were songs that the crowd were more familiar with, it really got everyone going. Everyone was singing along, and you could tell that the band loved every minute of it. They looked like they were having so much fun up on stage, which is something that I love in a band.


After the set, we were all able to get our albums signed. I have to admit that HMV's Security Team did a fantastic job. There were 100's of people there, wanting to get their album signed, and security were calm and friendly. They sorted everyone out really well and it seemed that everyone got their albums signed really quickly.
It was amazing to meet them: they seem like such nice guys, and the signed album is my new prized possession.

I listened to the album non-stop yesterday (and am listening to it as I type) and it's amazing. Every song is so well sung, and it's a really beautiful record. I don't know it as well as I'd like yet, so hopefully a few more back to back listens should give me more opinions on it. There are some really amazing lyrics on the album and some really well played music from Jack, the drummer, and Charles, the bassist.
Anyway, so far, it's a brilliant album. I recommend a listen to this album, and to the first one, if you haven't already. You will not be dissappointed. 


What are all of you listening to?

Sherin xx

P.S. Thanks to HMV for a few of the pictures.


Anisha @ Live Life Deeply said...

I used to love going to HMV for showcases :)

Great report!

I haven't really given them a listen yet, but maybe I should?

I'm really stuck on Mumford & Sons and Muse right now - but in about three weeks time, I'll head to Panic! at the Disco's show over here in Germany and I know as soon as they release their new record, I'll listen to it non-stop!

Nicola said...

Yessss I love them and I can't wait to get my hands on their new album! Very jealous you got to see this! xx

Danni and Maria said...

Aaah lucky you!! Didn't realise it was such an intimate gig - and you got autographs, woo!
Will def be listening to them more often now :)


Susie said...

Oh, it looks like you had so much fun!!

FashionJazz said...

This is fabulous! I dont know them, but I will look out for them in future hun! :) xx

Anonymous said...

Great photos!:)

Hannah said...

I like the White Lies a lot but I'm currently loving the Temper Trap, I seriously can't get Sweet Disposition out of my head even though the song is ancient now!!! Still a classic though!!

I went to see We Are Scientists do a record shop gig and signing and when I eventually got to meet them I really didn't know what to say! I find it hard to relate to all these famous people so when you meet them I'm like ummm and ahh!!!

You got some really great pictures =)

Hannah xx

Milana said...

They are great! I need to listen to them some more!

thingsIlove said...

Seems like you had a lot of fun!!

Leia said...

Clearly I haven't heard of them (as usual :P) but it's so cool that you got to meet them!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Fabulous pics, Sherin - you always attend such fantastic shows! :)

Couture Carrie said...

So fun, darling!
I love concerts!

Have been listening to a lot of Katy Perry lately...


Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love when you introduce us to new music! Definitely need to check these guys out. :)

Artfully Awear said...

Oh, they look so cute! I'm going to download.

meimei wan said...

Harry is starting to look a little odd.

hahaha. I don't know why.

meimei wan said...

P.S is the album any good? I still need to download it!!!

Harriet said...

Wow, looks like a really cool gig! I will definitely have to check them out on spotify.

janettaylor said...

So fun!


Lee Oliveira said...

Looks like you had so much fun.. i like a few of their songs.
ps.. he is quite handsome too.
Lee x

Clare said...

Oh my gosh! So much fun! And what superb photos!

Stephanie said...

I'll be in London in a couple of months, I'll be sure to keep an ear out for them :)

Eternally yours,

Anonymous said...

I only have the single "Fairwell to the Fairground" but i'll be sure to check the rest of the songs out!

I have to say my taste in music is very random, as long as it sounds good I don't care what genre it is or if its "cool" or not. Currently can't get enough of Professor Green and Example! ;)


Jennifer Fabulous said...

PS. I think you would LOVE a Grace Kelly film! Her costumes in all of them are jaw-dropping. I suggest To Catch a Thief. It's full of mystery, suspense, romance, and action. ;)

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

So amazing. x hivennn.

danniekate said...

i've loved white lies since E.S.T! so jealous of this! xx

MJ said...

Wow, very close-up! It was so nice to meet you the other day - maybe for a bit longer next time?

la petite fashionista said...

love how up close & personal you are to the band! i will have to check out their music!


Looks like an amazing time! Lovely photos....xo

OceanDreams said...

yay for meeting a group you love! they do look like nice guys, glad you had a fun time!

Anonymous said...

I will have to look them up!!

CaramelLatteKiss said...

I saw White Lies supporting Muse at Wembley a few months ago and was really impressed by them too. For such a massive venue, they did really well. Harry's voice is so...huge!

Michaela said...

They are so good! It's great you got to see them live!

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