West London trio White Lies embark on a new tour in support of their fourth album, Friends. Following three consecutive Top 5 albums, with hits such as Fairwell to the Fairground and To Lose my Life, the band explore new sounds on their latest release while modernizing their trademark synth-rock sound.
White Lies will play Asylum on 3rd March 2017. Spend your student loan wisely and buy tickets here.
We spoke with the drummer of White Lies, Jack Lawrence-Brown who is excited to play Hull for the first time:
Why are you looking forward to performing to the people of Hull at HUU? Well, I think I am right in saying we will be playing our first ever headline show in Hull which is very exciting. I am always amazed that 8 or 9 years in to our touring career we can be playing a city for the first time, and I honestly get such a buzz from that.
Why are you looking forward to performing to the people of Hull at HUU? Well, I think I am right in saying we will be playing our first ever headline show in Hull which is very exciting. I am always amazed that 8 or 9 years in to our touring career we can be playing a city for the first time, and I honestly get such a buzz from that. The general rule for bands out on the road in the UK is that the further North you head for gigs, the more rowdy the crowds, so I am expecting great things from the people of Hull. We have been touring the new record for a few months now and the reaction has been really electric in the live show, so we feel like the current shows we are doing are the best of our career.
What do you like/think you’ll like about performing at Student Unions? Well obviously the drinks deals are excellent for fans of repulsive alcoholic combinations. We’ve played a few SU’s over the last few tours and there is usually a good mix of students and White Lies fans from the wider community. So a basically a noisy sing along with a fair degree of bouncing.
What first got you into music? My parents I imagine is the most honest answer to that. They were both musical and encouraged me to try instruments so after vague flirtations with piano, and saxophone, I decided the drums were the instrument for me. Talking Heads were the band that White Lies first bonded over, way back when we were 15 or so.
Describe your music in three words. Melodic melancholy pop.
What has been the best performance of your career so far? I feel like our most recent tour around Europe and the UK featured some of our best performances of our career. Copenhagen really stood out to me as a very enjoyable show.
What’s your favourite place in the world? Rural Japan or North Yorkshire.
What’s your favourite place in Hull? Not sure I’ve ever been anywhere except the backstage of the two venues we have played in Hull before so it’s up for grabs. Anywhere serving either exceptional coffee or exceptional food or exceptional beers will immediately fill the vacancy.
What animal best represents you? A human. Or a house cat.
What has been your most embarrassing experience? In the olden days (when about 16 or 17) we would regularly play gigs to one or two people in a bar. Never a brilliant look.
Why should fans come and see you at HUU? Fans should see us because they’re fans for God’s sake, and they’ll bloody well love it. Non fans should see because it’s a new experience and I can guarantee it’ll be a fantastic night out. Maybe the best night out in the history of Hull. And if you don’t enjoy it I’ll eat my chuffing drum kit.