When the time finally comes for a Joy Division flick, the White Lies‘ frontman Harry McVeigh must be considered front runner to play Ian Curtis.The resemblance is uncanny, and along with bassist Charles Cave and drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown, the White Lies have developed a sound that possesses an unmistakable Joy Division influence.
With that comparison out of the way, White Lies record albums that are worth setting on repeat. Hell, we’ve had their sophomore release Ritual on our radar for months. So, after releasing the 11-track album just last week, they continued to make some noise stateside with an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. Backed with a keyboardist and an additional guitar player, the fine-dressed lads delivered a powerful performance of the lead single “Bigger Than Us”. The track begins with McVeigh’s haunting vocals layered over a heavy, forceful drum beat, but as the band swells “Bigger Than Us” transforms into a dark post-punk anthem. I guess maybe it’s another one of the album cuts that “is a lot more uplifting” than their previous singles. Regardless, check out the clip above.
You can pick up your copy of Ritual now via Amazon. And if you happen to live on the east coast, White Lies still have a couple dates in your neck of the woods. Tickets can be purchased here. Just watch out for the snow!