‘White Lies’, the new album by LoveHateHero, is a combination of pop-sensibility and stylistic toughness that results in an entirely memorable album, with songs you will find in your head for days and nights to come. The band artfully arranges post-hardcore parts and metal-laced riffs with soaring melodies and choruses that are downright anthemic. The addition of young guns Myke Russell and Kevin Gruft on guitar, add not only a level of competence and metal-style execution, but Kevin’s leads take the band to a new technical level that’s both exciting and inspiring. Drummer Scot Gee brings the heat on the drums, taking cues from favorites DC of Tool and JT of the Mars Volta, he embellishes the songs with jazz inspired time signatures and a broad range of styles – from disco hi-hats in verses to galloping double-bass. Paris Bosserman returns on the bass, holding down the foundation, beating and sliding through the songs, and adding something new with his voice on this album, complimenting Pierrick Berube’s lead vocals with some surprising high parts.
On this record, we hear more revealing tales of personal life, love and lost cause, but Pierrick’s lyrics also take the listener inside the van. We get to experience, in his first hand accounts, the highs and lows of living in a band – the resulting overexposure of one’s self, the departure of former friends and band members, the hopeless situations and glorious highs, all there for the listener to take in. These are the words of young men grown through two years on the road, times of trial and judgment, and revelation. A little older and wiser, now able to see through the “White Lies” of naïve promise and automatic fulfillment.