See White Lies and Frankie Rose Tonight at Webster Hall

February 25th, 2014

At the young age of 15, Harry McVeigh (vocals and guitar), Charles Cave (lyrics and bass) and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums and keys) began playing music together in West London under the name Fear of Flying. But after putting out a few Brit-pop singles, they eventually wanted to go with a darker sound, so they abandoned their original moniker and took on the name White Lies in 2007. Their debut album, To Lose My Life… (stream it below), shot up to No. 1 on the UK albums chart, and later that year, Mojo named them Breakthrough Artist of 2009. But the band was blowing up and not resting on any early success, and their second LP, Ritual (stream it below), followed two years later to a fair amount of acclaim. And then White Lies (above, doing “There Goes Our Love Again”) hit the trifecta with their third release, last year’s Big TV (stream it below), about which the Independent wrote, “The Ealing band’s third album is as epic in scale as either of its predecessors.” And although their current North American tour is winding down, you can catch White Lies—alongside Brooklyn’s Frankie Rosetonight at Webster Hall.