11 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Liars began as a polarizing trio that received reviews that either hated their albums or worshipped them. The band's uncompromising ways still provoke immediate reactions, and whether they’re using screeching feedback or—most recently—keyboard loops and rhythm boxes, Liars adhere to one pure game plan: going overboard whenever possible. This single-minded determination guarantees that riffs are played beyond their breaking points and that which is harshest will be the most embraced. Liars hit the dance floor with Mess looking to clear it as quickly as possible. Anyone still standing is their audience. “I’m No Gold” takes a fat synth line and repeats it to the point of brainwash, while organ, drum loops, and disjointed vocals merge to create the rest of the sound. Elements of industrial music are present, but things always add up differently under Liars' care. “Mess on a Mission” only reaches hysteria with the chorus, while its other parts are far less coordinated. “Left Speaker Blown” is their idea of the blues in 2014.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Liars began as a polarizing trio that received reviews that either hated their albums or worshipped them. The band's uncompromising ways still provoke immediate reactions, and whether they’re using screeching feedback or—most recently—keyboard loops and rhythm boxes, Liars adhere to one pure game plan: going overboard whenever possible. This single-minded determination guarantees that riffs are played beyond their breaking points and that which is harshest will be the most embraced. Liars hit the dance floor with Mess looking to clear it as quickly as possible. Anyone still standing is their audience. “I’m No Gold” takes a fat synth line and repeats it to the point of brainwash, while organ, drum loops, and disjointed vocals merge to create the rest of the sound. Elements of industrial music are present, but things always add up differently under Liars' care. “Mess on a Mission” only reaches hysteria with the chorus, while its other parts are far less coordinated. “Left Speaker Blown” is their idea of the blues in 2014.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

K$17 ,

A Mess On A Mission

Liars' Mess proves to be the kinetic, mechanistic follow-up to WIXIW's ethereal immersiveness. From the get-go, implored by a detuned vocal recording of instructions that devolve into creepy assertions, Mask Maker is a beat-laden blitzkrieg that touches on one of Mess' most obvious themes: identity.

Curiously, this record has been universally given a half-hearted shrug of a chance. Varying from those writers continually frustrated that they are unable to designate Liars a genre, a narrative or a sonic throughline to better echo common sentiments, Vox Tuned D.E.D summons the sleaze out of the synths and addresses the myopic atop a seesawing string section. Can't Hear Well coasts on an undulating synthline and sticks up for itself while its title suggests not tinnitus but moreso critical restlessness.

"We called you at the seance/but only doubts appeared" intones the aptly named Angus Andrew on album standout Mess On A Mission, tidily summarizing as close to an, ahem, mission statement as Liars are willing to assume while alternately suggesting you listen harder, listen longer and just, altogether, listen to a band so replete with crafting an actual listening experience. Yes, they continue to adopt the histrionically witchy vocals, primal floor-thumping production and lyrical vagaries that can be seen as both reactionary and supernatural. Yet, you root for them.

Liars continue to evoke a restless creative spirit summoned from assorted Moog gurgles and automated sprite-claps. Gone are the post-punk guitars of their debut. The lull of a droning fuzz box has been replaced by a more compositionally engaging album, and, as they say.. "Facts are facts and fiction's fiction."

well jesus says ,

colorful beats from hell

VOX TUNED D.E.D. is f*cking phenomenal. makes me want to dance in a crowded room with knives in my hand. so sick.

garbageghost ,

Terrifying Party Gold

Instantly satisfying. A catchy, vicious, scary, rotten, stuttering nightmare. The extroverted freak sister to their melancholy introverted WIXIW. Every track is great. I was gonna recommend stand outs, but they blend into each other and turn more sinister and apocalyptic as the album progresses. It's a worthy journey; take with a strobe light.

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