Ahead of their imminent album Five, released on February 01, 2019 through [PIAS] Recordings, White Lies have today shared the video for new track " Believe It".
A thing of enigmatic beauty, the video - shot in Tijuana, Mexico - is directed by Mexican Academy of Film Award winning film director David Pablos – who describes the video “as a portrait of my hometown , Tijuana” and explains the approach behind the video; “ not only the urban landscape, but its life, filled with contrasts and contradictions: a city of immigrants with a border wall that crosses it. What fascinates me the most about it is the ‘otherness’, that is, the people who are rarely seen, but also confirm the identity of the city.
"I wanted to give them a voice; from the ones lost in bars from the red-light district, to the new wave of migrants, mostly Haitians. All of them give life to Tijuana. I wanted to portray them with empathy and respect.”
As bassist and lyricist Charles Cave explains; “he had made two very different videos for us on our last album, so we felt confident to hand over the song, for him to utilise us as actors and orchestrate his personal vision.” That wasn’t the only past connection as Cave continues; “the stronger of the two videos was shot in Tijuana, a place that David has a deep connection with, and the chosen backdrop for his latest film. We shot in such a plethora of locations for the video that portrays the unique spread of existences within the border city and to a greater degree within Mexico as a country.
“This is not, per se, a political video,” says Cave “but rather a film about humans, about the homes humans make for themselves and the lives they cultivate within and around those homes. It is an undeniably Mexican world shown, but can, and should be easily transposed to any country, any city, any town. he continues; “the themes are universal. The track is about the efforts people make to stay sane, and the people who profit from those efforts. Whilst not a literal response to the lyrics, the video is undeniably a film that echoes those sentiments of the desire for health, and wellbeing, and the many obstacles that get in the way of that pursuit.”
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