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Drums Not Dead [VINYL]

Liars Vinyl
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Liars have never stood still, and refuse to be categorised.

After forming in the Los Angeles area, where co-founders Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill met at the famed California Institute of the Arts, the band soon after decamped to Brooklyn, and released their first album, They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top (2001).

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  • Vinyl (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute Artists
  • ASIN: B0083X61CC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Be Quiet Mt. Heart Attack!
2. Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack
3. A Visit From Drum
4. Drum Gets A Glimpse
5. It Fit When I Was A Kid
6. The Wrong Coat For You Mt. Heart Attack
Disc: 2
1. Hold You, Drum
2. Its All Blooming Now Mt. Heart Attack
3. Drum And The Uncomfortable Can
4. You, Drum
5. To Hold You, Drum
6. The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a grower 25 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
been listening to it for a couple of weeks now - as with 'They Were Wrong....', there's definite shades of Sister-era Sonic Youth and the vocals sound alot like The Beta Band in places.
they really have added alot more to the mix this time around - it's hard to believe that this is the same band who debuted with "They Stuck Us All In A Trench....", radical is hardly the word to describe the progression these boys have made over the past few years.
obviously "Drums Not Dead" features some excellent percussion, the band are currently playing with two full drum kits - i'd say the guitars are less wild this time around and there's less of an analog feel to this album than the second lp.
there's some very chilled moments during tracks such as "drum gets a glimpse" & "wrong coat for you mt. heart attack" amongst others - while "let's not wrestle mt. heart attack" & "drum & the uncomfortable can" are pretty damn noisy - which nicely compliemnt these quieter songs ... i'd definitely say this lp features their most experimental guitar work to date.
it's their most cohesive and conceptual work to date, and i for one cannot wait for the full release. the dvd is apparently gonna be wild!
a definite must :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another sharp left turn 23 Mar 2006
By Scott Bresinger - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If you've been following the career of the Liars (and who hasn't?), you probably know they started out in New York, but recently moved to Berlin. They also started out playing noisy, angular but funky post-punk on their debut album, "They Threw Us All In a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top." Album number two, 2004's "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned" boasted a different rhythm section and created a concept album about the German holiday Walpurgisnacht that was radically...different than the debut. Vaguely tribal, very arty and noisy all over, it alienated many of their fans, except for those who listen to things like Wolf Eyes for fun. You know who you are.

The new album, "Drum's Not Dead," is another sharp left turn into uncharted territory. The move to Germany seems to have been on purpose; the spirit of Krautrock bands like Can and Faust is all over this album. On the first listen it seems experimental and willfully "difficult," but repeated listens will focus things a bit. Overall it's a lot quieter than previous efforts--there are moments that recall Sigur Ros and post-"Kid A" Radiohead. Not leaving New York totally behind, other possible reference points could be Black Dice, Animal Collective and of course Sonic Youth, so when I say "quieter," I don't necessarily mean "soft." Many songs feature Japanese Taiko-style drumming and atmospheric washes of guitar. Sometimes things get noisy, but nothing that'll get you evicted. Oh, yeah, and did I mention that it's another concept album? The "story," and I use the term very loosely, revolves around a pair of characters called Mt. Heart Attack and Drum, who represent the yin/yang duality of a person. The former is stress and self-doubt and the latter is creative energy and productivity, or something like that. It's actually pretty vague and the album as a whole doesn't have any kind of operatic flow (i.e. overtures and multi-song suites), instead going for a less linear, avant-garde kind of experience. Of course, with song titles like "Be Quiet Mt. Heart Attack" and "Drum and the Uncomfortable Can," there's obviously something going on.

Something like a DVD that comes with the CD, which has the entire album three different times (!), each one containing videos for all the songs. Whether or not you want to watch all of it is up to you, but you can listen to the album in an optional 5.1 mix, which really made the album come alive for me. Some of the videos make creative use of animation and even claymation, some use live and in-studio footage, and one seems to be an album-length document of a snail, which confirms that whatever else you can say about Berlin, they must have mind-blowing pot there.

All in all, "Drum's Not Dead" is a firm rebuke to the naysayers who declared the band lacked direction. If anything, they seem to have dozens of directions, and ambition to match. If the album's symbology holds any water, I guess that means Drum has beat Mt. Heart Attack. While I still prefer the noise-rock of the second album, this one is weird 'n' wild enough to choke me up like Jimi Hendrix after an all-night drug binge, and that's no lie.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely not bread 28 Mar 2006
By Cody Ranaldo - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Liars seem to be characterized ultimately by their extreme boldness within their own musical environment. On They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top they showed up as inovators of what one could call a very short lived period of dance punk, which seemed to morph pretty quickly into a much less experimental pop phenomeon with groups like Bloc Party and what have you.

But immediately following the great success of this album they fired their rhythm section (who have since become the group No Things, who sound much more like that first album than either of these second two Liars albums). It was an incredible bold move, and one that made the unfaithful very wary and hateful of their second album, They Were Wrong So We Drowned.

However, with Drum's Not Dead, the Liars sound seems to be congealing (hopefully not too much, i'm quite enjoying their erratic career so far) into something that can stand on its own without the context of their previous two records. Drum's is probably more similar in aesthetic to Drowned than Monument, but it definately stands on its own, and seems to be a step forward in a relatively similar direction.

There is definitely a tribal element to their rhythms on this album, and I can see some similarities to Animal Collective in their use of tons of congos and some Black Dice like drum effects. While many of the tracks have a driving rhythm, overall its too dark to be dancable like their first, but will get your head bobbing nonetheless.

The album flows as one cohesive musical piece, each track bleeding into the next, but not to a point where it all seems like one song. Lastly, the DVD full of 3 entire low budget video versions of the whole album is an amazing bonus. The video's are very fitting to the music, and the live footage in the studio is very fun to watch with the songs. One of my absolute favorite recent albums, pick it up for sure.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Work 9 Aug 2007
By M. Schmitz - Published on
Format:Audio CD
In a musical climate increasingly geared toward the mp3/single song format, Drum's Not Dead is an Album with a capitol A. It is a sprawling masterwork that demands total immersion, sincere consideration, and yes, some initial patience. Much like a Rothko painting, this record is about textures and subtleties, revealing a bit more of itself with every listen. Liars are minimalists who, with few tools, have achieved something both spacious and infinitely dimensional. After many listens, Drum's Not Dead eludes familiarity. It is always something new, adventurous and unashamed. Return to it now and then, and it will certainly hook you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncertain at first... 26 Feb 2006
By Alex Hawkins - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to this album first without having heard much about Liars, I didn't know what to expect. This album is certainly not the Gang of Four influenced music that seems popped up on their first album, this is tentative, slow moving music for the most part. It's got an edge to it, an uncertainty that is quite charming.

I must say, I wasn't too sure after listening to it once through. However, the last song saved it. "The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack" is, in my eyes, a perfect song. It's mood and implementation just fits so well, with the sighs in the background, the subtle instruments and the unnerving yet sincere lyrics. It's not the most gripping or exciting song ever, but there's something about it that works so well.

The album as a whole work less well than this final track, but its a good release nevertheless.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing direction for liars 29 Nov 2006
By Artos - Published on
Format:Audio CD
the first liars album i heard was "they were wrong so we drowned". i fell in love with it as well as the band. the subversive style was very tripped out and the melodies were pure magic. this album, while still, actually even more trippy than the precious album, is bliss.

the first three tracks alone blend together so wonderfully it could be one is very different from their first "they threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top" and definately the band's most abstract album yet, but imo that is what is so great about it. it is such a great space out album, perfect for listening to on headphones at 3 in the morning when you cant get sleep.

i guess i can see why people or fans of their previous work wouldn't like this cd, but i dont really care because i probably dont share the same music interest with them anyway, "one man's trash is another man's treasure", right?

i still strongly recommend it, especially if your into music that has sex with your brain.
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