A bunch of news come from White Lies this morning. The trio announce their new album friends Friends will be released on October 7th and share the first new single, Take It Out On Me. On top of that, they have announced a run of headline shows across Europe and the UK this fall.
With Friends, White Lies were temporarily without a label after a bout of record company reorganisation. Rather than re-sign straight away, they decided to start Friends under their own steam without the pressure of a deadline or a budget, or even the guidance of a producer. The album was recorded in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia and was self-produced by the band.
The changing nature of relationships is a recurring theme throughout the album. Bassist and lyricist Charles Cave comments:
Friendships have begun to feel adult and our perception of time has changed. As kids, if you didn’t see a mate for a fortnight, you’d wonder what was wrong. Now you might not see someone for six months and it doesn’t matter
The new single Take It Out On Me is available now and impacts on August 12th. It’s a track which started as an experiment in which Cave aimed to write a chorus using just numbers.
It was inspired by a lunatic on Instagram who kept commenting on a friend’s photos in pseudo Biblical verse… As a challenge, I turned them in to a song. The only problem was that it went so well everyone said it should be the first single, so I relented and gave the chorus real lyrics.
Friends will be released on CD, vinyl, picture disc, digital download and streaming formats, as well as a special box set edition which will include a cassette and four exclusive bonus tracks.
An extensive UK and European tour, including a homecoming show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 22nd, stretches from late September through to the start of December. Tour dates can be found below.
28th – Turkey, Istanbul, Babylon
30th – Greece, Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre
1st – Greece, Athens, Iera Odos
13th – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
14th – Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje
15th – France, Paris, Trabendo
17th – Luxembourg, Atelier
18th – Belgium, Brussels, AB
21st – Germany, Frankfurt, Gibson
22nd – Germany, Osnabruck, Rosenhof
23rd – Germany, Cologne, Kantine
25th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
26th – Sweden, Stockholm, Debaser
27th – Norway, Oslo, Rockefeller
29th – Denmark, Aarhus, Train
30th – Germany, Hamburg, U&G
31st – Germany, Berlin, Huxleys
2nd – Poland, Gdansk, Stary Manez
3rd – Poland, Warsaw, Progesja
4th – Czech Republic, Prague, Lucerna Music Hall
5th – Austria, Vienna, Ottakringer Brauerei
8th – Croatia, Zagreb, Tvornika Kulture
9th – Germany, Munich, Fabrik
10th – Switzerland, Zurich, Kauflauten
11th – Switzerland, Lausanne, Metropop Festival
13th – Italy, Rome, Orion
14th – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
16th – Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
17th – Spain, Madrid, Arena
18th – Portugal, Lisbon, CCB
22nd – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24th – UK, Nottingham, Rock City
25th – UK, Manchester, Albert Hall
26th – UK, Liverpool, Arts Club
27th – UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC
29th – UK, Birmingham, O2 Institute
30th – UK, Leeds, Stylus
1st – UK, Bristol, O2 Academy