Ahead of their show at Rock City on Sunday, bass player Charles Cave answers eight questions about their latest album ‘Five’ and what to expect from their up-coming tour.
The band from London are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘To Lose My Life…’ this year and their latest album ‘Five’ proves they still got much more to offer.
- Are you excited to come to Nottingham and play Rock City? Have you ever played in Nottingham before?
Of course! Rock City is an institution on the UK circuit. Every band knows about it’s legendary status, and romantic affiliations with The Hell’s Angels. We’ve had many rowdy gigs there before.
2. So, it’s been 10 years since you put out your debut album in 2009. How has the last year been for you as a band? How much do you think you’ve changed?
I don’t think we’ve changed all that much. We’re a little wiser, perhaps. I think in our music we’re able to employ a bit more subtlety than we used to. But that’s all part of maturity. The last year has been great. It’s a wonderful feeling to be ten years into a career and having just made our best album.
3. Do you have any specific favourites from the new album?
Live, I am really loving ‘Kick Me’. It feels like a special moment, and allows us to improvise and explore the song in new ways every night in a way that others don’t.
4. What was it like recording in the USA? Had you ever recorded in the US before this album?
We actually didn’t do any recording in the USA, just some pre-production. I really enjoyed our two weeks there. We lived out in a place called Thousands Oaks. We worked on the songs all day with Ed Buller, then went back to our rented bungalow and sat drinking beer in the yard while the sun went down. Pretty peaceful.
5. How come you chose to split recording the album between the US and the UK?
Ed Buller can’t leave the US while he waits for his green card. And we can’t make an album without his input. But we needed to record it in the UK for economical reasons, and for the studios we wanted to work in.
6. You must have so many inspirations and artists that you look up to but who are your top 3?
Paul Simon, R.E.M, Pantera.
7. What did you enjoy most about the process of making this album?
Everything. I enjoyed the entire process. That’s not to say there weren’t tough days, and frustrating weeks. But overall the feeling around the making of this record was hugely enthusiastic, and positive. Everyone working on it seemed to be enamoured with the songs, and that just made for a wonderful environment for six months.
8. Have you got anything special planned for this upcoming tour?
An incredible set of songs from our five records, and a big light-show to match.
We look forward to seeing you come to Nottingham!
You can catch White Lies live at Rock City on Saturday, February 9.
Tickets are £25 and are available here.