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GUYS jealous; White Lies couldn't believe it when they found trove of Roxy Music memorabilia while borrowing Bryan Ferry's recording studio.

Byline: JOHN DINGWALL

WHITE Lies uncovered a treasure trove of Roxy Music memorabilia when they worked on their new album at Bryan Ferry's private recording studio.

The band - vocalist and guitarist Harry McVeigh, bass player Charles Cave and drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown - came across an incredible collection amassed by Ferry of handwritten lyrics, costumes from his heyday in the glam rock group and other rarities.

Charles said: "He has a private studio joined with his office and private archive in the Kensington area of London.

"He hadn't been renting his studio out and only Prince had used it before but his son asked him if we could use the studio.

"Bryan said he liked the band and why not? "He gave us his blessing and popped in a couple of times to say hello.

"It was great because we all appreciate Roxy Music but none of us were hardcore fans.

"We found a full archive of everything to do with Roxy Music and his own solo career - costumes, posters, releases and lyrics.

"In fact, there was a little notebook in the control room that he had just left there. It was a personalised, gold-embossed BF notebook that had in it every single song from the first five Roxy Music albums, with the lyrics handwritten in Biro and the chords underneath.

"I was thumbing through it, thinking that this was the holy grail to a hardcore fan."

Charles added: "He has all the synthesisers used on the first Roxy Music albums there and we used them on our record which was pretty cool."

White Lies' fourth album Friends is released today.

Having left the Fiction record label, this is the band's first release under a new deal with BMG.

Charles said: "At one point, our three-album deal with Fiction ended and it seemed a normal thing to go somewhere else.

"We left it up to our managers to sort something out.

"But everyone had their visions and there were times with Fiction where a few emails went around going, 'Wouldn't it be great if you had a song which had big guitars like this song?' We were like, 'OK, leave us to it'.

"Also, we wrote our second album Ritual in six weeks and there are a lot of songs on that album that I think were pretty shoddy in hindsight.

"We spent a year writing this album and we enjoyed the process of writing music."

White Lies admit they face tough opposition to match the success of their previous three long-players.

Their 2009 debut To Lose My Life topped the charts, while 2011's Ritual and 2013's Big TV made No3 and No4 respectively.

Charles said: "We would be lying if we said we wouldn't be a little bit disappointed if it didn't go top five but it probably won't because Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs and Sum 41 are all releasing on the same day and there is an Oasis reissue coming out.

"It's going to be a really tough week for chart positions.

"It would be an amazing strike rate to say all our albums had gone top five and if we could possibly even get No5, that would be a really big deal for us.

"But we have to be realistic about it. We have just got to hope that people take a look at the vinyl or CDs and think it is worth owning a physical copy, as well as streaming it.

"I hope people will go out and get a proper copy of it."

The band will play a gig at Glasgow's ABC on October 27, with other Scottish dates planned for next year.

Charles said: "The most important thing is that the tour starts straight away and we can concentrate on that since we can't control external factors influencing chart positions."

He added: "It's a cliche but bands from London always look forward to coming up north and especially up to Scotland.

"All the venues in Glasgow are always memorable gigs.

"People flock to the Barrowland because of a primal energy that appears to get crowds going there.

"This time we're doing the ABC - we always have a good time in Glasgow."

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