Experimental rock trio Liars' career has been defined by nomadic wanderings, both geographically and sonically. Formed in L.A., the trio relocated to Brooklyn, then to rural New Jersey, and eventually made their way to Berlin, before returning to L.A.
During that time, they've careened from the caustic post-punk of their 2001 debut They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top to the stark, queasy noise-rock of follow-ups They Were Wrong, So We Drowned and Drum's Not Dead and beyond. Their self-titled fourth album and 2010's Sisterworld found the band settling on a more grounded, cohesive sound and winning accolades from the indie press.
With their latest album WIXIW (prounced "wish you"), released last month, the group builds on their earlier albums' wide-ranging musical foundation. Produced by Mute Records founder and early post-punk/synth-pop innovator Daniel Miller, WIXIW finds the trio folding in electronic influences for a sound that's at once cold and clinical and deeply emotional.
Currently on a summer tour across North America, Liars found time to stop by The Current studios to chat with David Safar for an episode of New Hot.
Songs played: "Brats" and "No. 1 Against the Rush."