LIARS (Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross) have announced details of their new album, Mess, out on March 25th, 2014 and have unveiled the first track, “Mess On A Mission”, you can frab a listen above.
Mess is the follow up to 2012’s WIXIW, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile in-between state. Mess, on the other hand, is Liars with their balls out – an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon.
Explains Angus Andrew, “We are a reactionary, or maybe a better word is schizophrenic band. We go from one extreme to the other. Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that’s fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite. It was way more instinctual, fun and confident.”
Produced by Angus Andrew and mixed by Timothy “Q” Wiles (whose previous production credits include label-mates VCMG), the new album is less concerned with place as on previous albums, but sees the band back in their own studio in LA.
Mess will be released on CD, double vinyl and download. Details of the limited edition vinyl will be announced soon here.
Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; liminal no-wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st-century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves – maybe not quite at ease with the world, but staring it straight in the eye while showing their teeth.
Last year saw Liars premiere some of the new tracks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Primavera & Sonar festivals, this year the band have announced two US festivals – Desert Daze in April and Austin Psych Fest in May – with more US dates as well as a European tour to be announced shortly.
April 26th – Desert Daze Festival – Sunset Ranch Oasis
May 2nd-4th – Austin Psych Fest– Austin, TX
Vox Tuned D.E.D.
I’m No Gold
Pro Anti Anti
Can’t Hear Well
Mess On A Mission
Left Speaker Blown