White Lies album triggered by big TV joke

White Lies album triggered by big TV joke

British indie rock band White Lies have high-brow tastes and ideas, but they do not like to come across as pretentious.

Their third and latest album, Big TV, is a record that supposedly tells the story of a girl who leaves the suburbs for the city.

Yet bassist Charles Cave, 25, is quick to brush off the idea that Big TV - which has received warm reviews since its release in August - is a concept album.

In an interview with Life! while the band were in Singapore last week, he clarifies that it is a record with a "broken narrative within the story that's told in different parts... there are a lot of different concepts and themes and they all come together".

There are quite a few songs in it about relationships. Cave concedes that there is very little you can write about in the world besides love, death and money.

He adds that the album was created over many "discussions over lunch" and triggered by a joke they had about owning a massive TV. According to him, vocalist and guitarist Harry McVeigh, 25, owns the biggest TV among them, while he owns a "modest-sized TV" for watching films.

The trio - comprising Cave, McVeigh and drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown, 25 - were in town to perform last Friday as part of a series of invite-only gigs organised by London-based luxury brand Burberry to promote its new men's fragrance Brit Rhythm.

Singapore was their third and final stop after performing in London and New York.

White Lies performed for an hour at a converted warehouse in Lorong Ampas, playing a few hits off their new album.

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