Two years ago, British trio White Lies had to cancel its gig at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore due to concerns over the devastating tsunami in Japan, which was, of course, greatly disappointing to their many Singaporean fans. So many were surprised when Burberry announced that White Lies would play in Singapore for a private event at a converted warehouse in Lorong Ampas!

Ostensibly, a launch for its latest fragrance – Brit Rhythm – Burberry went the extra mile to ensure that this unique corporate event would be memorable for its invitees. Free flow of alcoholic drinks and a Brit Rhythm door gift provided icing on the proverbial cake for the main attraction – White Lies!

And the band did not disappoint! Despite the obvious impact of jet lag, the trio - Harry McVeigh (vocals, guitar), Charles Cave (bass) and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums), together with two backup musicians Tommy Bowen and Rob Lee – thrilled the assemblage with its high octane danceable post-punk agenda. Drawing its setlist mostly from new album, Big TV, songs like “Getting Even”, “Big TV”, “There Goes Our Love Again” and “First Time Caller” went down well, with the biggest applause reserved for old favourites like “Death” and “To Lose a Life”. At eight songs (no encore!), the set seemed unreasonably brief but considering the circumstances, it was difficult to be unhappy with the situation.

Hopefully, White Lies will return to our shores soon for a full length concert!

More photos here.

Thanks to Burberry for making this review possible.





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