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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