White Lies: Live at Kamio
On Wednesday 5th October, Headliner descended on Rivington Street's intimate Kamio venue, where UK post-punk band, White Lies, played a fantastic, intimate show to around 200 people, celebrating the launch of their new album, Friends, which will be followed by a full UK tour, starting in November.
It's been quite a musical hiatus for the band - more than two and a half years since frontman Harry McVeigh and co. last took to the live stage together, and three years since they performed in the capital.
The band rather modestly admitted that they were extremely nervous being on stage after such a break, but they needn't have worried: as soon as they started playing, the place erupted, as if they'd never been away.
The crowd were in the band's palm throughout the show, intertwining material from the new record with classic tracks very nicely - highlights being To Lose My Life, There Goes My Love Again, and their fantastic performance of Farewell to the Fairground, where it really started to go off. Polished, accomplished, and musically, right on the money.
They ended on Bigger Than Us, a track from their 2011 release, Ritual, leaving a hot, sweaty, and extremely satisfied crowd baying for more.
Best of luck to White Lies on their upcoming tour - looks like they've still got plenty more to say.
Photograph by Natasja de Vries
White Lies tour dates: 22nd Nov, Shepherds Bush Empire; 24th Nov, Nottingham Rock City; 25th Nov. Manchester Albert Hall; 26th Nov, Liverpool Arts Club; 27th Nov, Glasgow O2 ABC; 29th Nov, Birmingham O2 Institute; 30th Nov, Leeds Stylus; 1st Dec, Bristol O2 Academy.