LIARS prepare to give their catalog the reissue treatment with a series of limited-edition recycled vinyl releases. First up is the band’s debut, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, available July 22 on recycled vinyl.
Angus Andrew, explaining the recycled vinyl series said, “We all feel the weight of the waste we’re creating so any occasion to lessen that load is welcome, but I also relish the opportunity to utilize the offcuts from other people’s vinyl, having that melted down and reappropriated just makes so much sense to me and the process of creation. It feels like the sweat and tears from every other artist’s work is blended into ours – imbuing the recycled vinyl with supernatural integrity and power.”
They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top – originally released in the U.S. only by Gern Blandsten in 2001 before Liars signed to Blast First / Mute who released the album in 2002 – set the scene for one of the most exciting artists to come out of the U.S. in the past two decades.
This iteration of Liars (Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill, Pat Noecker, and Ron Albertson) was originally at the vanguard of an early 2000s Brooklyn scene, but they soon manifested a very different and altogether more exciting world – one that was theirs alone. Liars’ arrival in Europe was accompanied by acclaim from all quarters. Uncut described the album as “One of the most adrenalizing albums you’ll hear this year,” while Rolling Stone called it “one of the most bone-rattlingly ferocious records you’ll hear all year.” Their live reputation grew with a series of dates that included an incendiary sold-out show at the Garage in London which prompted The Guardian to say, “Liars make the current breed of three-minute punksters look like The Monkees.”
Alongside the announcement of the first vinyl reissue, “Mr Your On Fire Mr” – later covered by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and reworked into a 19-minute version for Saint Laurent’s Paris Menswear show in 2013 – gets a new visual created by Jonny Campolo from P.E.
The recycled reissues campaign continues in autumn 2022 with They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, the album that cemented the band’s reputation and proved their unwillingness to settle into any scene.
In 2021, Liars released The Apple Drop. Where recent releases from Liars have been distinctly solo affairs, on their 10th studio album – released 20 years after They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top – Angus Andrew (now the sole member of the band) chose to expand and embrace collaboration. “My goal was to create beyond my abilities –something bigger than myself.” The Apple Drop saw Angus working with avant-garde jazz drummer Laurence Pike, multi-instrumentalist Cameron Deyell, and lyricist Mary Pearson Andrew to create one of the albums of the year at The Quietus, Record Collector and AllMusic. It was described by Pitchfork as “both a summation and a fresh start” with Bandcamp Daily dubbing it “an album that reinvents and reinvigorates Liars to grand effect.”
Liars are about to embark on a three-date tour of Australia that includes a performance at the Sydney Opera House on May 31 as part of the Vivid Festival. Later this year the band will play Psycho Festival in Las Vegas. To mark a return to the live arena, Liars have shared a brand new remix of “My Pulse To Ponder” from The Apple Drop that has been reworked by P.E. who describe the track as “a Frankensteined banger built from two different directions”.
Listen to P.E.’s I Gotcha! Remix of “My Pulse To Ponder” here.