Friends follows from the debut To Lose My Life, from 2009. The new album seems to still carry the bands trademarked synth-rock, but brings the bands style into a new light. Out of the ashes of a recent music label shift, the band were left temporarily adrift, so they decided to start writing and recording the next album on their own, and without influence from anyone else – not even a producer.
The new single, which the band states, started off as an experiment (vocalist Charles Cave aimed to write a chorus using only numbers). The single gives an arena-rock anthem feel, with sharp angled synth lines, and the warm-welcoming bass. “Right up until we recorded the song it was called 89-1-3,” Cave states. “It was inspired by a lunatic on Instagram who kept commenting on a friends photos in pseudo Biblical verse.”
Friends was recorded by the band in Bryan Ferry’s private studio in London’s Olympia. White Lies also enlisted award-winning James Brown (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys), and David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs) to help out on the production.
Listen to ‘Take It Out On Me’ below.
Friends is out now through Infectious Records and BMG. For more details, head to whitelies.com.