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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Who is this captain and where do his friends live?

This track (and this band in general) have come to rock my socks off. Pitchfork's review of "We Were Wrong So We Drowned" sums their attitude up pretty well:

Sadistic is the only way to describe it-- a conscious effort toward slapping away all the little hands clamoring for more of They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top's antagonistic punk-funk. After winning enough early praise to make most lesser bands blush and acquiesce to the demands of a fanbase craving more of the same, Liars hinted that they were not in the business of catering to expectations. You want the battery (acid)-powered post-punk that drove all the Williamsburg hipsters wild in 2001? You want the brittle aggression of their debut? Well, you'll get wind-up toy funeral dirges and oblique, numbing sound collages, and you'll like it! ...Or leave it. It seems Liars don't much care either way.

Or for their debut album "They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top..."

These guys eat ground glass. They're that nasty. You may like their music, but don't forget that they hate you. You didn't do anything; they're just sick of your bullshit. And what're you gonna say back? The singer's a towering, lanky Australian named Angus-- that's Scottish for "Bubba"-- and the music's a gray nightmare of art-punk and noisy beats. It's vicious, but you can dance to it!

Definitely for most a "difficult" band to get into, they have an element of tribal music, along with a tendency toward repetitive, often hypnotic chants. Think of a more down-home (and American) alternative to Einst├╝rzende Neubauten (as heard previously here on KYCW.) And they beat even the Hives in lengthy and entertaining song titles like "If You're A Wizard Then Why Do Wear Glasses?" "They Don't Want Your Corn They Want Your Kids," or "Nothing Is Ever Lost Or Can Be Lost My Science Friend."

And Liars certainly haven't lost their penchant for bizarre song titles on their upcoming album "Drums Not Dead," to be released next week. And what's this? Is this some sort of a concept album with a continuing theme? Don't ask me- I've listened to the thing at least half a dozen times and still haven't quite figured it out, although the tracklisting would suggest as much.

1 Be Quiet Mt. Heart Attack!
2 Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack
3 A Visit from Drum
4 Drums Gets a Glimpse
5 It Fit When I Was a Kid
6 The Wrong Coat for You Mt. Heart Attack
7 Hold You, Drum
8 Its All Blooming Now Mt. Heart Attack
9 Drum and the Uncomfortable Can
10 You, Drum
11 To Hold You, Drum
12 The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack

Enough of my rambling, though- here's a small sampling of their music for the brave and so-inclined...

Liars- It Fit When I Was A Kid (video)

Liars- It Fit When I Was A Kid

Liars- Loose Nuts On The Veladrome

Liars Official Website

Buy Liars stuff on Insound


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