British trio White Lies—guitarist/vocalist Harry McVeigh, bassist Charles Cave and drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown—just released Ritual (Geffen/Fiction), which follows up To Lose My Life…, the band’s commercially successful 2009 debut. The 10-track sophomore LP was co-produced by Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Killers) and was written over a five-week period when White Lies wasn’t crisscrossing the globe in support of its first album. Though McVeigh, Cave and Lawrence-Brown are all barely old enough to drink legally in the U.S., the threesome has been playing together as a band since their mid-teens, first as Fear Of Flying, which released two singles produced by Stephen Street (Smiths, Blur), and then under the White Lies moniker. The trio will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.
Lawrence-Brown: Along with music, I am inclined to believe that cookery is the shared passion of all three of White Lies members. There is nothing better than the satisfaction of eating something that you have spent some time making. Due to my fairly novice status in the kitchen, the preparation usually takes an excessive amount of time compared to the actual consumption of the finished product. I hope to improve my preparation-to-consumption ratio as my skills in the kitchen improve. Part of the fun in cooking for White Lies (or myself at least) is that it is something that can only be performed whilst off the road, so it has a really strong connection with relaxation and “home.” I also associate it with time spent with my friends who I don’t see for several weeks/months at a time whilst touring. Washing up after cooking a big meal is still a massive pain in the arse, though. Must buy a dishwasher. Currently enjoying the recipes of Yotam Ottolenghi (lots of good veggie and Middle Eastern cuisine) and always, always, always Gordon Ramsay. He may be a bit of a bastard, but he can cook.
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