White Lies are an English alternative rock band from Ealing, West London. Formerly known as Fear of Flying, The Ealing trio consists primarily of Harry McVeigh (lead vocals, guitar) Charles Cave (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums).
White Lies formed in October 2007, after delaying their first performance for five months to build up media hype, they earned a recording contract with Fiction Records days after their debut. The release of singles "Unfinished Business" and "Death" led to tours and festival appearances in the United Kingdom and North America. Further singles "To Lose My Life" and "Farewell to the Fairground" led to further media attention and the band's first worldwide headline tour. At the beginning of 2009, White Lies featured in multiple "ones to watch" polls for the coming year, including the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll, the 2009 BRITs Critics' Choice Award and the Q Magazine "Best New Artist" award.
The band made good on their promising start, seeing their debut album top the UK album charts on its release in 2009. Their second album, Ritual, was released in January 2011
White Lies' musical style has been described as dark yet uplifting by the media, drawing comparisons to Joy Division, Editors and Interpol.