My first reaction to this song: “Oh, another band trying to revive the corpse of 80s British new wave.” A minute later: “This is actually pretty good.” By the end: shivers.
White Lies are a London post-punk outfit who have topped UK charts and snagged various industry honorifics (BBC’s Sound of 2009 finalist, BRITs Critics’ Choice Award) for years without managing lasting crossover success. That may be about to change. “There Goes Our Love Again” is a monumental synth rock anthem, at once somber and energetic, that sounds like the radio-ready lovechild of Echo and the Bunnymen and The Killers. Macabre synths hover over frenetic basslines, thick torrents of distorted guitar and crashing drums in a weird and wonderful wall of sound that will suck you into its epic emotional vortex. The wow moment comes on the chorus, when Harry McVeigh’s piercing, full-throated vocals dissolve into a thick ghostly mist of delay and reverb.
“There Goes Our Love Again” is the lead single off White Lies’ upcoming third album, Big TV, out August 12th on Fiction Records (home to The Cure, Ian Brown and Crystal Castles).
STREAM: White Lies – “There Goes Our Love Again”