Directed by long-time visual collaborator David Pablos it was shot back to back with the bands previously released Believe It video in Tijuana Mexico at the tail-end of last year.
The triumphant synth-laden pop nous of Tokyo encapsulates the trio’s unerring knack of penning a big tune and is a brilliant precursor to the band’s imminent album Five later this month – 1st
February through Play It Again Sam.
As the band explain; "Once again we were lucky to work with David in Tijuana to create what is our best video since 'Death'. His unique knowledge of the area affording us access into some of the city's most stunning and bizarre locations helps bring to life his vision of stories of love and loss. Where in the world would you be able to film a scene of the band sat on a 4-story high nude woman? Tijuana, that's where apparently and resulted in our favourite collaboration with him yet."
From first hearing Tokyo, director Pablos immediately knew what he wanted to create, as he explains: “As soon as I heard the song I knew I wanted to shoot the video during night time. Everything starts with us seeing scenes of life through windows from the outside, but once we go inside we discover nothing is exactly what it looks like or what it appears to be. Each window is a metaphor; more than a real space it is a representation of a mental state. But more than portraying the city, what was important was the human face and to capture the personalities of each one of the characters.”
White Lies are pleased to announce details of their new album, entitled Five. The album will be released on February 1st, 2019 - marking a decade of their existence whilst cementing their new home at [PIAS] Recordings. Ticket pre-sale starts on Wednesday 19th September via the White Lies mailing list before going on general sale at 09.00am BST on Friday 21st.
Five sees the West-London trio scaling new creative heights with re-energised confidence. The landscape has drastically changed over the past decade, contemporaries have come and gone,
consumerism constantly evolving but White Lies fans have remained as fervent and committed as ever both in the UK and internationally.
As the band explains; “This is a milestone record for White Lies. It marks our decade as a band, which has pushed us to expand our sound and reach new territory artistically - it marks the start of a new and exciting chapter for us."
The writing and recording process took in both sides of the Atlantic including a creative sojourn to Los Angeles where they worked on new material with old acquaintance Ed Buller - producer of two previous White Lies albums including the band’s chart-topping debut To Lose My Life and third release Big TV. The entire recording and writing process for Five has allowed the band to utilise past associates whilst also using the freedom to create the record they wanted to make.
Enlisting engineer James Brown (Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters), renowned producer Flood who can also be heard contributing synths and keys on a couple of tracks. Whilst eminent Grammy Award recipient Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers) having worked on the band’s first two albums returns to mix the album.
More complex and bolder than its four predecessors with the addition of personal and-at-times intimate lyrics of bassist and primary songwriter Charles Cave, Five provides a confident stride forward as Cave concludes (somewhat tongue-in-cheek), “I guess it’s true what they say, Five really IS the magic number.”
White Lies undertake an extensive European tour in 2019 with pre-sale availability via the band’s mailing list from Wednesday 19th September whilst tickets go on general sale at 09.00am BST on Friday 21st September. The full live itinerary is:
31.01 - BRIGHTON Concorde UK
01.02 - BRISTOL SWX UK
03.02 - LEEDS Academy UK
04.02 - NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop UK
05.02 - GLASGOW QMU UK
07.02 - LIVERPOOL Olympia UK
08.02 - MANCHESTER Albert Hall UK
09.02 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City UK
11.02 - EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms UK
13.02 - CAMBRIDGE Junction UK
14.02 - LONDON Forum UK
15.02 - BIRMINGHAM Institute UK