White Lies "Death"

White Lies "Death"
Judging by their photo, it's probably not too difficult to guess what London, England's White Lies sound like. The dark, monochromatic tones in the above promo shot ring true in their epically glum rock and for the sake of giving them cred, everyone's saying they're descendants of acts like Echo and the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes.

To my ears, I hear distinct traces of broodingly flashy bands like Killers, Interpol and most of all, Editors — three bands whose singles this group of young, impressionable gentlemen most likely bought at their local Woolworths back in the day (read: three years ago before the compact department store gave up on the format).

Don't mistake that as a knock. White Lies are very good at what they do. Harry McVeigh has a voice of noble proportions; he's a stoic front-man able to match the music's melancholy with the utmost poise. New single "Death" isn't quite as grim as the title suggests but the theatric ascension of the thumping drums, shivering synths and sharp guitar chugs attempts to be as monumental as the titular event. The song definitely made an impression on past tour-mates Crystal Castles, who gave it one hell of a punishing, raver-approved remix.

Previous single "Unfinished Business" confirms they have the chops to become that next big post-punk, new wave-biting, alt-rock band radio loves these days. Anyone in the Toronto area will get a chance to see if they've got even more in them when they stop by the Horseshoe Tavern for a free gig on October 21.