White Lies in many ways seemed to spring from the last dying moments of the ‘indie’ explosion of 2004-2009, one of the last in a generation of enthusiastic, young rockers, each looking to make their own, unique mark on the British music scene. So returning now, into a scene that has shifted rapidly toward primarily urban and dance music, the odds are perhaps turned against them. We’ve already seen previously greatly promising artists like The Klaxons releasing dissapointing 2nd albums. So can White Lies continue to impress? Their first album had some absolute gems on it, especially the epic To Lose My Life, and with new single Bigger Than Us, the band look like they’re sticking to the sounds they’re used to.
So often bands will attempt to re-invent themselves with new singles and albums, but Bigger Than Us plays to White Lies’ strengths; well produced, modern rock centred around catchy hooks and atmospheric soundscapes. Lighter and more energetic than the likes of Editors and Interpol, White Lies represent a band still eager to prove themselves and this new single represents the perfect message to say: We’re back, and we’re just as good as we were the first time round. A strong taster for the new album.