Returning to the city for the first time in 8 years, White Lies played to a sold out crowd at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms last night as part of their tour in support of their latest album ‘Friends‘. The band were supported by Anteros who have just released their latest single ‘Drunk‘ today.
Anteros pulled the most considerable sized crowd for a support band in Wedgewood Rooms that I’ve seen for a while. The band gave an energetic performance with front woman, Laura Hayden bounding across the stage throughout. Anteros blared through their set like they were headlining with favourites such as ‘Breakfast‘ and latest track ‘Drunk‘.
White Lies brought their triumphant show to a now packed out venue, playing tracks spanning their four albums, with a set weighing heavy with tracks from both ends of their career so far. For a band whose tracks are made for venues five or maybe six times the size of the Wedge, White Lies remained incredibly modest about their return. In the quiet between songs, front man, Harry McVeigh, thanked the crowd for still coming out despite the gap between third album ‘Big TV‘ and latest album ‘Friends‘.
Despite promoting their new album, the band played a lot of tracks from the first album including the likes of ‘To Lose My Life‘ and a slightly altered (just slowed down in places…) arrangement of ‘Death‘. If you’re not already aware of the band, then you’d think their gigs would be a gloomy affair, but you’d be wrong as the crowd were participating wherever possible throughout. Alongside this, they played fan favourites ‘The Price of Love‘ and ‘From The Stars‘ which only just returned to their set last year.
With more upbeat, even pop-y tracks from the last album, the set was split up equally keeping everyone happy. Although lacking tracks from their second album, the strangest thing from the night had to be a crowd member requesting that they played ‘Turn The Bells‘, despite the track having never been played live before.
For a band who have scarcely played on the south coast since their debut album, I think the warm welcome that Portsmouth gave the band proves they’ve got a reason to return, hopefully sooner than 8 years.
Here are photos from White Lies supported by Anteros at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth on 02/03/17.