Live Gig Video: watch White Lies’ new promo for ‘Morning in LA’, from album ‘Friends’

By on Wednesday, 16th November 2016 at 4:00 pm

White Lies released their fourth album ‘Friends’ last month; I reviewed it then and you can read my thoughts here. One of the oddly unimpressive songs on the album, ‘Morning in LA’, has been given its own promo video. Reading bassist/songwriter Charles Cave’s words on the song definitely helps explain why they wrote it, as well as how important it is to them to play for fans in North America:

“For the last decade it seems every new film released is a remake, and it’s a topic that already sparks debate. We had been wanting to do a performance style video for a while and the Killing Joke video from which ours respectfully steals is an absolute classic of the genre. When White Lies started, we received a fair amount of ‘gothic’ adjectives describing our music – something we always found quite funny. For ‘Morning in LA’, arguably our jolliest song yet, we thought the tongue-in-cheek gothic feel of the video was an appropriate aesthetic to go with.

‘Morning in LA’ is a love song to friends, and a hate-song to time zones, I suppose. It’s about trying to maintain contact with the people you care most about when your time zones don’t match up. Funnily enough, this is nothing to do with being on tour, but comes from the flip-side when we as a band were based in London for a year for the first time in a decade, and many of our friends had moved to America or Asia. It was illuminating how the differing time zones are as annoying as the physical distance between you both.

Of course all this talk of mornings in LA, and America has made us keen to get back out there, and see some friends – old and new – at shows supporting the new record. America is a huge place, and much as we would like to play five times as many cities, we’ve put together a couple of weeks of shows that we hope many of our fans can find their way to. We’ve got such fond memories of Chicago, of Boston, of Austin. We know all the fans in New York that were there at the first show all those years ago. We know the fans that travelled from Mexico up to LA just so see us. Well we are more than thrilled to announce our US tour will finish and then send us down for two headline shows in Mexico City and Guadalajara. Our fans around the world are all vocal in their pleas for us to play in their towns, cities and countries, but it has always been Mexico with the loudest voice. It’s one of our favorite places to play in the world and these shows are going to reflect that.”

To see all of White Lies’ upcoming tour dates in America, Canada and Mexico, use this link. They precede a new string of UK dates that were announced and went on sale last week. Watch the Killing Joke-inspired live video from them below.

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