Interview: White Lies

What is the significance of the album name Ritual?
It refers to the way people give meaning to their lives by following ideas such as their religions and the drastic things they would do. It takes years and years of doing certain things in our day-to-day lives to make us who we are today.
You’ve been compared to bands like Joy Division, Interpol and Editors—are you a fan of any of these bands?
I think Interpol are magnificent. I listened to them a lot when I was 14 or 15 and I absolutely loved them. I don’t listen to them that much now but I think Interpol will be around for a long time and will be hugely remembered.
Which song are you most satisfied with, either from To Lose My Life or Ritual?
I think “The Power And The Glory” is very well-executed. It’s the kind of song where I would be jealous of the songwriter if I’d heard it elsewhere.
How about the song you love performing the most?
Other than “The Power And The Glory,” it would be “Peace & Quiet.”
Describe your most memorable gig.
The Heineken Open’er Festival in Poland was definitely memorable. On the way there, our bus broke down for 10 hours. We thought we’d never make it but we did. We didn’t know how many people were going to be there and when we reached and got up on stage, there were just thousands and thousands of screaming fans. It was amazing.
You guys were formerly known as Fear of Flying and you started playing at a very young age, have you ever felt jaded about making music?
I’m not sure about jaded but we’re definitely very aware of the music industry now; it has become very predictable in a way.
Would White Lies ever consider covering a song by Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus?
It would have to be a really, really good song. Currently, we have yet to come across any.
How do you imagine your fans here?
I’ve been to a few places in Asia but not to Singapore. In other Asian countries I’ve been to, people have been nice and respectful. I suppose Singapore would be the same; I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Catch White Lies on Apr 11, 7:30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377. $48-108 from Sistic.