White Lies, The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich 24th March 2022

Words and photographs by Mark Stimpson.

White Lies rolled into Norwich as part of their massive 48 date UK and Europe tour supporting their latest album, As I Try Not to Fall Apart.

The evening kicked off with Vlure, a five piece post punk band from Glasgow. I’ve not heard these before, but I really enjoyed their set, a mixture of punk, pop and club influenced dance music. Synth melodies, bold techno beats go hand in hand with some wild guitar which got the audience warmed up. I’ll defo be looking to hear more of their music.

After a short break the White Lies wander on to stage to rapturous applause and immediately launch into Farewell to the Fairground. It’s really unusual for a band to kick off with one of their biggest songs but the audience aren’t complaining and it sets the scene for the evening. White Lies classics There Goes Our Love Again & To Lose My Life blend effortlessly with the new songs Am I Really Going to Die & the funky Blue Drift. During the evening there’s some thumping bass lines together with crazy guitar playing, some of the best I’ve heard and seen in a while. Along the way the audience sing along seeming to get louder with each song.
The set ends with I Don’t Want To Go To Mars which is one of my favourites.

The band come back on stage for a three song encore. Bigger Than Us ends the evening with the audience singing along. It was a great evening, full of energy and showmanship. White Lies have evolved from their post punk roots and the audience clearly approve.

Set List
Farewell to the Fairground
There Goes Our Love Again
Am I Really Going to Die
To Lose My Life
Blue Drift
Hurt My Heart
Is My Love Enough
Step Outside
Morning in LA
Big TV
Unfinished Business
I Don’t Want To Go To Mars

As I Try Not To Fall Apart
Bigger Than Us


Philip Goddard

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