Fear Of Flying came about when Charles Cave and Jack Lawrence-Brown, veterans of the West London music scene, came across Harry McVeigh.
The group did some recording but little came of it. Not satisfied with their sound, they decided to change direction by writing new songs. And that - according to the band - meant they needed to come up with a new name. "We just thought that we should perform these songs as a different band," said Brown. "We had songs that we felt weren't suitable for the band that we were in and we thought White Lies would be the perfect vehicle for the songs."
White Lies made some radio appearances including Later… With Jools Holland. The group then landed on the '09 Shockwaves NME Awards Tour opening for Glasvegas.
White Lies's debut album "To Lose My Life" went to #1 on the U.K. album chart. The group jumped the Atlantic for a stop on the Late Show With David Letterman, their U.S. T.V. debut, before embarking on a run of tours in Europe, U.S. (with a show at South By Southwest) and Japan.
With pumping bass lines, synth flourishes and McVeigh's dour, foreboding vocals, White Lies are more '80s than the '80s. Landing between Echo & The Bunnymen and Depeche Mode, a fuzz bass drives the title track. They only falter when they indulge in a synth dirge ("E.S.T.") or epic ballad ("Nothing To Give"). Otherwise this band is an authentic shot of an affected era.