Ten years ago, White Lies released their monumental debut To Lose My Life – an album that struck an entire generation and kickstarted a music career of incredible stature. To celebrate a decade of soaring success, an exclusive 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be released on Vinyl via UMC on 25th October.
Originally released 19th January 2009, the album debuted at No.1 in the UK album charts. This was the first UK number 1 of any British band in 2009. The album charted in 11 countries worldwide and is currently certified gold in the UK.
The anniversary release is a special thank you to the fans and marks a glorious decade for the band. It will feature alternative artwork, a limited edition 2LP deluxe version. This is housed in a 6-panel triple gatefold LP & 12”x12” booklet with unseen images and new notes supplied by Harry, Jack and Charles. As well as the original album on LP1, a limited edition LP2 has been curated by the band - featuring a selection of B-sides, an alternative version of “Unfinished Business”, remixes, live tracks and unreleased demo’s.
To commemorate the anniversary, the band are also putting on a European tour playing the album in its entirety; including two shows at London’s Brixton Academy and one at Manchester Academy in December.
Charles Cave says, “We’ve never stopped celebrating our debut album, ‘To Lose My Life,’ since it came out. Its songs travel with us all over the world, and seem to get better as the years stack up. A decade on feels like a milestone to indulge in; to dig out lost versions, live recordings from those early days, youthful photos, notebook ramblings, set-lists and all. The vinyl format of this album has long been out of print, and much hungered for amongst our fans, so it brings us much pleasure to reissue it in this deluxe repressing so everyone can own a copy and look back at a decade of the music with us. The preparations we’re making for the tour surrounding this release are just as exciting. This will be the most dramatic, and cinematic show White Lies have ever put together, as we play ‘To Lose My Life’ from start to finish, and then a second set of rarities (shhhh!) and the best bits from the four albums that have followed. Don’t miss any of it! We won’t do it again!”
To Lose My Life, with its string of successful singles, propelled White Lies into the spotlight of UK music, but the years since then are not without their grand moments. Ritual spawned the epic ‘Bigger Than Us’ while Big TV was a confident shot at a more concept-based record. Two years after the Friends LP, White Lies returned in 2019 with Five and a forty-date sold out tour across UK and Europe.
Building a reputation takes time, especially in the domain of music, but longevity is a different beast. Established in London in 2007 as a satisfying mix of cavernous gloom-pop and chant-worthy grandiosity, White Lies nailed their specificity and honed it well. As well as chart success, the record became the UK’s soundtrack of 2009 and was hailed by critics, with Q Magazine noting that “their winning seriousness is matched by a penchant for a grandiose but hummable melody”.
To Lose My Life (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is available on Vinyl on 25th October. Pre-order here: https://WhiteLies.lnk.to/ToLoseMyLife10
Also available on 2CD, 1LP and digital
1LP (Original Album)
To Lose My Life
A Place To Hide
Fifty On Our Foreheads
From The Stars
Farewell To The Fairground
Nothing To Give
The Price Of Love
2LP (Limited Edition)
You Still Love Him (unreleased demo)
Black Song (B-Side)
Farewell to The Fairground (unreleased demo)
Unfinished Business (Chess Club Single version)
From The Stars (unreleased demo)
To Lose My Life (Live, La Maroquinerie, Paris)
E.S.T (Live @ iTunes Festival, London)
A Place To Hide (Live @ iTunes Festival, London)
Death (Crystal Castles remix)
Nothing To Give (M83 remix)
Live shows – UK Shows
Thursday 5th December – Manchester Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
Friday 6th December – O2 Academy Brixton, London (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 7th December – O2 Academy Brixton, London
For European dates, visit: www.whitelies.com/live