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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: White Lies

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2009 08:02pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth


Coachella Lineup   White Lies

Day #18 - Artist #18 - White Lies:
White Lies
One part Joy Division, one part Muse, one part Interpol, served in a tall glass to a West Londoner sitting in a downtown New York bar. The White Lies released their debut album, To Lose My Life..., less than a year from the date of the trio’s first gig and entered the UK Charts at number one in January, but the album wasn't released in the US until a few weeks ago in March. These lads (sorry...I've just always wanted to use that word) from Ealing, West London, England, have been the talk of the town, playing packed shows throughout the UK since last summer.  White Lies

Strangely, as they were selling out shows in the UK, they could hardly give away a show here in the US, as was evidenced when their free show at The Roxy here in Los Angeles drew a crowd of maybe 100 back in October of 2008. I know...I was there. My roommate and I had a tough decision that night between attending the White Lies show or the Secret Machines playing just next door at the Key Club. But we went with the free show and it was priceless (literally and figuratively)! It seemed like something special...more than the usual local club gig, but there was not much of an audience to receive it. With the American press just starting to catch on and a standout performance at the South By Southwest festival in Austin a couple weeks ago, I think America is finally ready for the White Lies.

The lead single "Death" has been responsible for some near car accidents on my part, as a result of some zealous steering wheel drumming while listening to the song. “Death"'s intro blasts you into another world and evokes anticipation and excitement in the same fashion as the opening chords to Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” The churning atmosphere of melodies is bombarded by blasts of drums that can only be described as the sound of canons firing on the '00s Post-Punk Revival battlefield. And in a sentiment that would make Shakespeare proud, the chorus to title track “To Lose My Life” makes one of the greatest proclamations in the history of love songs: “Let’s grow old together, and die at the same time.” The third single from the album, "Farewell To The Fairground," is just so damn good I can't even talk about it. See videos below.

LISTEN TO THIS BAND NOW!! Better yet, check them out at Coachella on Friday April 17, 2009.

White Lies - "To Lose My Life"

"Death" from the debut album To Lose My Life... (2009):


"To Lose My Life" from the debut album To Lose My Life... (2009):


"Farewell To The Fairground" from the debut album To Lose My Life... (2009):


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