19 Apr 2014


From RNZ Music, 2:30 pm on 19 April 2014

L.A.-based trio Liars stood out in the electroclash scene of the early 2000s, with their evocatively titled debut They Threw Us All In A Trench and Stuck A Monument On Top. It was dark, propulsive, strangely funny, and captured the spirit of New York, just a few months before 9/11. Moving between the harsh and the meditative, Liars early albums were written around external themes including witch trials, isolation, and the spirit of L.A. For the 2012 album WIXIW, the first made entirely of electronic instruments, the band members turned the focus on themselves. Emma Smith spoke with Liars' guitarist Aaron Hemphill about their latest, decidedly more rawkus album, Mess.