Real Lies Play Rough Trade Instore [28 Oct]

North London’s Real Lies will be performing an instore at Rough Trade East on Wednesday, 28th October. Already being heralded as a brave new voice in electronic pop, the group embody what it is to be young, locked in and yet somehow adrift in Britain today.

Real Lies’ music expresses late-night euphoria at the same time as it embraces the horrors of the following afternoon, twinning street bravado with bedroom vulnerability, loss with longing. It is music about burying yourself in an avalanche of words and warm bodies in an endless search for the right ones.

Buy Real Lies’ new album ‘Real Life’ on CD and LP from the 16th October at Rough Trade East, and collect your wristband for the live instore performance at the same time.That Real Lies exist is a bare fluke as they admit themselves. In 2009, Tom and Kev, who met when they shared a can of lager in a queue to a London nightclub when they were teenagers, were looking for somewhere cheap to live in North London. After a day of traipsing round estate agents and joyless viewings, they were just about to call it a day when Tom saw a ragged A4 sheet of paper stuck up in the window of a disused shop. It said: “Five bedroom detached house. Has lake.” They called the number and then everything changed.

“It was one of the most pivotal moments of my life”, says Kev. “Without moving into that house the band wouldn’t exist. It provided the conditions we needed to create Real Lies. All of the early songs were written there and a lot of the songs we write now are still about our time living by the lake.” The cottage was situated in the grounds of a nature reserve which backed on to the East Reservoir in Manor House; an expansive and dream-like idyll hidden behind an eight-foot high concrete wall topped with barbed wire. There was something special going on in the Lake House, as the music of Real Lies attests. All shimmering early mornings, the band and their friends huddled by the reservoir with only rare migrating birds for company – the neon roar of Hackney, Haringey and Hornsey just about audible in the background. Tom says: “The rent was really cheap – even for the area. It was very isolated, you could throw a stone in any direction and not hit another property, so there was little chance of irritated neighbours or noise complaints. There was a big living room downstairs; we set up speakers at one end and decks at the other. We’d invite our friends round on Thursday, and often they’d stay till Sunday. We basically built the best nightclub in North London in our front room.”