The Wild Lies

The Wild Lies
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting


United Kingdom


Formed in 2007, this up-and-coming post-punk band from the London suburb of Ealing has often been compared to the likes of Joy Division, later U2 and Editors. Lead singer Harry McVeigh’s vocals are often compared to Ian Curtis. The band themselves see no such similarities, instead citing Talking Heads as a major influence on the band’s songwriting. Their full-length debut ‘To Lose My Life...’ came in at No 1 in the charts. Singer Harry McVeigh’s baritone is perfectly suited to his intelligent, dark lyrics and the band’s accessible sound opened a lot of doors with pundits calling them a “highly accessible indie rock band”. A great ear for melody, prominent drums and bass lines, and an as yet largely untapped potential for big arenas and stadium shows also characterises the band’s sophomore album ‘Ritual’ (2011). Check them out if you want to know what all the fuss is about! (Text: Niels Desmedt / Translation: Nick Devos)