Comparing White Lies to Joy Division is like Alan Partridge saying Wings were the band the Beatles could've been. In fact, to suggest these gloom-dealing Brits have any connection to JD other than thievery might invite Ian Curtis to haunt your nightmares until you carve the word Closer into your chest with a rusty razor blade.
Songs like Death and Nothing To Give are strident due to big production and well-placed hooks. But commercially geared goth is so much more hideous than the real thing because it wants to be palatable and accepted. White Lies aren't fooling anyone; they're ecstatic to be alive and under the direction of record label suits who have surely promised them immortality.
Top track: Farewell To The Fairground
White Lies play Lee's Palace on Tuesday (March 31).