Ten years ago, White Lies released their monumental debut To Lose My Life, the album which kick-started their music career. To celebrate a decade of soaring success, an exclusive 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be released on vinyl via UMC on 25 October.
Originally released on 19 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. Visit the band’s Official website for tickets and further information about all the shows.
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.
To Lose My Life is out on 25 October and can be bought here.