The Skinny: This is the debut album of White Lies, an English post-punk band. Upon release of this record, they got a lot of hype as a band to watch. They’ve stuck around but haven’t really lived up to the early hype.
Sounds like: AFI, Killers, Echo & the Bunnymen
Deeper Thoughts: I happened to be in London days after this record was released in 2009. I popped into Sister Ray, a record shop in Soho, for some browsing. I asked what was new and they handed me this. OK, over-driven emo post-punk isn’t usually my thing, but this reminds me a lot of The Killers’ debut, Hot Fuss. I still can’t get enough of the title track. I wanted to play it at my wedding, cause I love the line “Let’s grow old together/And die at the same time,” but my bride didn’t share my enthusiasm. I love the all-black disc.
The Sonics: Guess what? The loudness wars are not limited to the ’90s. This set is heavily compressed and super hyped. This is mixed & mastered for club play and to promote arena-packing stadium shows. There is nothing subtle about this recording.
Harry McVeigh – lead vocals, guitar
Charles Cave – bass guitar, backing vocals
Jack Lawrence-Brown – drums
2. “To Lose My Life”
3. “A Place to Hide”
4. “Fifty on Our Foreheads”
5. “Unfinished Business”
7. “From the Stars”
8. “Farewell to the Fairground”
9. “Nothing to Give”
10. “The Price of Love”