London’s White Lies incredible sophomore release Ritual is set to hit next Tuesday, January 18 via Geffen/Fiction to an exciting whirlwind of intimate shows stateside, a taping for Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit and a January 25th performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno!
While the band made a major splash with their dark and enigmatic 2009 debut, To Lose My Life, it is new album Ritual which has taken White Lies into the stratosphere. First video “Bigger Than Us” directed by jonas & francois (Depeche Mode, Madonna, Kanye West) became a viral sensation with over a million and a half hits in its first 3 weeks. The song – a smash hit in the UK and Europe – will be hitting radio hard in the coming weeks and is available digitally now. White Lies will support the album release with three special shows on our shores; the exclusive set of gigs kicks off at Seattle’s Neumos on Jan 22, the Troubadour in LA on Jan 24 and wraps Jan 27 at New York’s Highline Ballroom.
Ritual, produced by famed studio wizard Alan Moulder, is the perfect epic follow up to White Lies’ impressive debut. Taking us on a sonic journey through dancefloor beats meets raging guitars and everything in between, the album is fused together perfectly, and all at an incredibly melodic, breakneck speed. Ritual teems with dark distorted anthems for the modern age. British music critics have hailed White Lies as successors to the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, Depeche Mode, The Psychedelic Furs and Magazine, calling lyricist Charles Cave a “ classic doom-rock dreamweaver; Nick Cave meeting Edgar Allen Poe.”