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New York, United States (2000 – present)

Liars is a three-piece band formed in 2000 consisting of Australian-born Angus Andrew (vocals/guitar), Aaron Hemphill (percussion, guitar, synth), and Julian Gross (drums). Although initially lumped into the New York dance-punk scene of the early 21st century, they have come to be categorized by their dramatic stylistic shifts between albums, while retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture. Liars are one of the many contemporary bands to draw from the late 1970’s British post-punk movement. Their first album, 2002’s They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, bore some resemblance to the work of Delta 5 and Gang of Four, accenting their angular, acerbic punk with modern synths and drum machines. Liar’s second album, 2004’s They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, eschewed their debut’s trendy post-punk aesthetic in favor of dissonant atmospherics and electronic soundscapes more akin to the sound of This Heat. That album stratified fans and critics alike, especially chafing with those who took to They Threw Us All for the clear dance/punk leanings of a number of that album’s tracks (e.g. “We Live Northeast of Compton”). 2006 saw the release of Drum’s Not Dead., which continued the direction they had taken with They Were Wrong but was met with a much more favorable critical reaction. 2007’s self-tited LP, Liars, found the band once again shifting styles, this time towards 60’s style garage rock and 70’s proto-punk, all through the dark, effects-driven prism that Liars began channeling on They Were Wrong.

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  • Objectpascal

    what a mess! <3 [2]

    19 Aug 3:33pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    first album is pretty zeus worthy

    16 Aug 4:26am Reply
  • bkelleher

    holy shit Mess is intoxicating as fuck

    6 Aug 8:49pm Reply
  • bennoperro

    so sick

    30 Jul 6:53pm Reply
  • Konkelo-

    This band is very interesting! My plan is to get to know their stuff going backwards of their catalogue. It's cool how much they've changed on all of the albums. Mess is clearly one of the best of 2014.

    10 Jul 9:58pm Reply
  • frohn_jusciante

    дикие. крутые

    1 Jul 3:34pm Reply
  • Nekro__b

    Отличные..главное верните гитары в музон

    17 Jun 1:40pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    Love it!

    7 Jun 11:56pm Reply
  • bwoooooooooooo

    Killed it last night, glad to hear some of the old material mixed in with the new

    26 May 1:09am Reply
  • xphelipex

    Review do álbum Mess, novo do Liars http://www.jooqebox.com/liars-mess-review/

    24 May 4:36pm Reply
  • electrobaboon

    WIXIW is brilliant

    19 May 5:27pm Reply
  • SnorkKenobi

    Vox Tuned D.E.D. & Pro Anti Anti <3

    30 Apr 10:03pm Reply
  • Pukkkk

    Lady who gay transvestite???

    30 Apr 12:27pm Reply
  • haunaballe

    New album sounds like the evil/badass gay club music Lady Gaga doesn't dare to make. Love it.

    29 Apr 8:33am Reply
  • Primitive3D

    I love Mess!

    25 Apr 3:28pm Reply
  • joaohenriquebf

    what a mess! <3

    22 Apr 7:29pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    "Uncharted territory (for them)" is about right; as the territory has been well explored countless times before. By the way, no one found anything of interest the first time they were there.

    17 Apr 5:43pm Reply
  • theSoundfreq

    I see what he's getting at though. When Liars go into new uncharted territory (for them), they really shake things up and make their own sound of the genre. When Liars revisit the genre (Mess/Sisterworld), they tend to conform more to the confines of that type of music, instead of really existing out of bounds.

    13 Apr 9:39pm Reply
  • TeejBurke

    I get the theory, Nags, but I came to different conclusions. It might come down to which phase you think is the truest 'Liars'. I think Mess absorbs and maximizes Wixiw's new direction. Just like Sisterworld put a lens on S.T. and Drums made the They Were Wrong sound more palatable and lovely.

    10 Apr 10:50pm Reply
  • Nagsworth

    Mess is really good, but not a patch on WIXIW. Just like the self-titled and Sisterworld were about 50% great material but nowhere near as good as Drum's Not Dead or They Were Wrong. This band always sounds best when they don't quite know how to master their instruments and their patchiest material for me is the most accomplished stuff.

    6 Apr 8:37am Reply
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