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About Harry McVeigh
Harry McVeigh lends his unspeakably precise vocals and invigorating guitar skills to British alternative rock band sensation, White Lies.
Formerly known as Fear of Flying, the band also consists of Charles Cave (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums) and is accompanied by Tommy Bowen (keyboards) during live performances.
White Lies formed in October 2007, when the three members realized their songs didn't fit the confines of their original pop band anymore. It was time for a new start and a darker sound that would reflect their maturity. The band was quite swift in making the change, by briefly announcing “Fear of Flying is DEAD ... White Lies is alive!” on their MySpace page. At the time, McVeigh explained that due to the musical climate, they had to change their approach otherwise they would not have been kept by any record company.
The first contract the newly oriented trio landed was with Fiction Records and not before long their “debut” album, To Lose My Life (2009) beat off competition from Lady Gaga, The Script and Kings of Leon by reaching no. 1 in UK tops. Singles like "Unfinished Business" and "Death" with their organ synths and racing guitars led to popularity, tours and festival appearances in the United Kingdom and North America. In addition, the band was headlined at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend and got a place on the 2009 NME Awards Tour. Further singles "To Lose My Life" and "Farewell to the Fairground" brought on increased media attention and led to the band's first worldwide headline tour. Starting with 2009, White Lies featured in multiple "ones to watch" polls for the coming year, including the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll and the 2009 BRITs Critics' Choice Award.
Regarding White Lies' musical style, the media has drawn comparisons to Joy Division, Editors, Interpol and Echo & The Bunnymen. In response to this, McVeigh declared: "We weren't alive during that period of music ... we've never really been that into Joy Division, especially not the Editors ... or even Interpol really", adding "I don't think our music sounds a whole lot like those comparisons, I think we're a lot more euphoric and uplifting".
Indeed, their music has been dubbed as dark and brooding; meanwhile, the White Lies insist that their personalities are quite the opposite. 'We certainly explore a lot of dark themes but if anything we're quite grounded, happy, content people. And that's because we vent our emotions through music', McVeigh says.
The band has had immense success worldwide and has sold out tickets on each of their tours. They have also participated in numerous festivals among which Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Roskilde, and Rock Werchter and as of January 2011 have a new album out, called Ritual. McVeigh first thought of taking up the guitar while listening to Jimi Hendrix’ Voodoo Chile; “Like most guitarists I was inspired by the sound Jimi got out of a guitar. I bought a wah-wah pedal to help me play this but it sounded bad” McVeigh confesses. That was a long time ago and nowadays, Harry has chosen the TC Electronic G-System as his weapon of choice for his effects processing and is using it extensively during the band’s grueling tour schedules.
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