Review: White Lies at Keele SU


White Lies carried on the tour of their latest album ‘Friends’ with a performance worth the 8 year wait for fans in attendance at Keele University.

The band were supported by local band Divine Youth and London outfit Anteros, who both helped set the scene of an 80’s scented night, particularly the lead singer of Anteros , Laura Hayden, who strutted about with a Debbie Harry-esque stage presence.

Despite returning from North America just three weeks ago from a packed and lengthy schedule, White Lies took the stage looking fresh and eager to please the busy Keele audience. Singer Harry McVeigh showed his gratitude for the turn out and promised a great night for all White Lies fans.

The set kicked off with, ‘Take it out on me’ which had the synonymous electronic 80’s sound that acted like a time machine in taking the crowd back 30 years, for those that can remember those times and even for those too young.

The audience didn’t take long to warm up either. In an interview before the gig, Drummer Jack Brown said he wouldn’t mind seeing the odd pint flying through the air. He wasn’t disappointed as it’s fair to say a few gig-goers left in damp beer fragranced clothes, all in good spirit however.

The set carried on with more of the same, songs from the new album such as, ‘Don’t want to feel it all’ and ‘Hold back your love’ and songs from previous albums. The slight energetic difference between tracks from the new album and older ones was welcomed by the crowd.

After constant thanks from the front man, he stopped to show appreciation to adoring fans. After playing in Chicago and San Francisco over the past few months, the band were just as happy to play at the Keele venue.

Technically the performance was faultless, each song performed with tightness and near album quality. McVeigh effortlessly reached his unique notes throughout.

The set was complete by the most well-known song from White Lies, ‘Bigger than us’. As the chorus belted out it was accompanied by epic illuminations from the stage lights that created a euphoric atmosphere. A suitable way to finish.

The night ended with an on-stage encore, an 8 year thirst quenched and hopes for a return sooner than last.

White Lies played Keele University SU on 11 March 2017.


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