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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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  • 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.

    Yesterday 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
  • Funky_Dude_

    new album is awesome

    2 Apr 6:39pm Reply
  • sunrazed

    pitchfork scores are inflated, below 7.0 is bad

    2 Apr 12:06am Reply
  • albert0balsalm

    A+

    1 Apr 4:13pm Reply
  • upgrade18

    "Facts are facts and fiction is fiction". mess is a little bit of both.

    31 Mar 5:51am Reply
  • bl4nket

    and the new album is good anyways so who fuckin cares

    30 Mar 2:33am Reply
  • bl4nket

    p4k has always been good and bad, get over it. they cover a surprisingly wide range of styles/genres for a (relatively) mainstream publication, even if sometimes they have to hype shit like perfect pvssy just to reaffirm their relevance.

    30 Mar 2:14am Reply
  • Trannypack

    perpetual village <3

    29 Mar 10:35pm Reply
  • eating_glass

    @snapandjack you don't read p4k but you're afraid of what people think about what you're listening. haha

    29 Mar 6:43pm Reply
  • Geminisyringess

    Mess is great!

    29 Mar 5:45pm Reply
  • salimos

    sad that the p4k panning made people skip this one, i'm thinking this might actually be my fave Liars album...

    29 Mar 2:53pm Reply
  • Viniss

    Facts are facts and fiction is fiction

    28 Mar 2:04am Reply
  • president_block

    Mess is streamable and scrobbable here: http://scrobble.it/luisterpaal/

    27 Mar 10:09pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review: http://www.heavypop.at/liars-mess/

    27 Mar 4:38pm Reply
  • Chadgasm

    mess is awesome. fuck p4k

    26 Mar 9:37pm Reply
  • LeMortHermit

    Give me your face!

    26 Mar 6:40pm Reply
  • yuggoth_spider

    "Dress Walker" is pretty ace, too. The vocals remind me of Trans Am's "Futureworld".

    26 Mar 4:18am Reply
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