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White Lies glow in a sold out Roundhouse
White Lies return to play a great set with its own laser show!
White Lies @ Roundhouse 10-12-2013Not taking into account the promotion of new album “BIG TV” in a tiny Hoxton Bar & Kitchen for three special gigs in July, last time White Lies performed in London was in December 2011 where they sold out Wembley Arena. Two years later, it was a packed Camden Roundhouse to host the first show of two London dates in a row as part as their U.K. tour. Comprised of Harry McVeigh on vocals and guitar, bassist Charles Cave and Jack Lawrence-Brown on drums, the post-punk band hailing from Ealing played a vibrant and lively set which included a combination of new tracks and all the fan favourites such as “E.S.T.” and “Farewell To The Fairground”.
Starting with the classic “To Lose My Life” , the concert followed with a spectacular green laser lightshow during “There Goes Our Love Again”. The exciting visuals for the show were a mixture of coloured lasers, lightshows and special videos accompanied songs like “Be Your Man” where riding horses were displayed on the screen. Prior to performing “A Place To Hide” singer Harry McVeigh said it was good to be back in London and play in one of his favourite venues. The song from 2008’s debut album “To Lose My Life” sounded great as well as “Death” which managed to fire up even the sleepy people sitting on the balcony. “Unfinished Business” confirmed as one of the closest songs to the band as it was introduced as their first single to be released and overall a song that means a lot to them. “Getting Even”, “Mother Tongue” and “First Time Caller” showed the band is still capable of writing excellent melodies.
There was also room for something different as the band played “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince. The cover was announced as a song ” they always wanted to play when they were teenagers and never played live apart from a few radio shows”. After a huge thanks to support band In The Valley and ex-Dum Dum Girls Frankie Rosie, front man Harry McVeigh asked the crowd to put their hands up for one more time and concluded the brilliant set with the magnificent “Bigger Than Us” where big yellow balloons were thrown from the ceiling. Read our review of White Lies at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen