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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. This album is on fire Mr., 10 Mar. 2004
This review is from: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Audio CD)
Liars have stood out to be one of the best live bands around. The most different thing about is their music. Song titles like 'Grown Men don't fall in the river just like that' and 'Loose nuts on the velodrome' stand out like their vocalist, Angus Andrew, who screams, whispers and shouts throughout this great album.
The line up is, Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill on guitar, Pat Noeker on bass and Ron Albertson on drums.
Nine tracks featuring the 30min 40sec long track, 'This Dust Makes That Mud', which is a very surial track with great sound effects. 'Grown men dont fall in the river, just like that' is a great opening track with Angus shouting 'We caught our finger on the pulse of America', you can't beat a bit of hardcore punk! And then 'Mr. your on fire Mr.', the most popular song as they have made a video for it. Its very funky (like most of the album) and has got a punk 'kick' giving it attitude.
They threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top takes a bit of time to get into it but I think you will find the end result a gem in your record collection.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You What?, 25 Jan. 2003
This review is from: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Audio CD)
Liars are indeed a post-punk band; a genre that has existed in its current form for well over twenty years now. However, 'They threw us all..." is far from the recycling of spent ideas that has become so prevalent in the massive wave of New York based imports. Their taught, angular ryhthms are the most obvious reference points; think mid-eighties the fall, and the frenetic yelps of their frontman also echo those of the venerable Mark E. Smith. Nevertheless, the band have a much more avant-garde bent that say... The Strokes, and one that makes them only more easy to move to; fractured beats abound, colliding and tangling in throbbing sprawls, while remaining utterly coherent. These tracks hence suceed on a very fundamental basis, while the use of loops and samples all make the album one that screams out to be danced to.
In the end though, it is the bands willingness to go out on an experimental-wing is what really sets them apart from what-came-before. One only needs to listen to the closer; 'This Dust that makes Mud', to comprehend; the song settles into a series of fractured loops before stretching off into infinity (or at least, long enough to double the running time of the record). Writing the Liars off on the basis of unoriginality would be a gross mistake. What really matters is whether you consider their leftfield meandering something that pushes the envelope, or just acts as pretentious noodling. Up to you.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garage rock that still manages to shock us, 13 Aug. 2002
This review is from: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Audio CD)
The album starts with mellow tales of "needing hobbies" and "working rent free". Then suddenly we hear why we will love The Liars. "Can you hear us?" they shout. Damn right we can. The drums set the song on fire and already you're in love with them. Like hearing The Hives 'Hate to say I told you so' for the first time, ultimately the rest of the album never quite tops this track. It tries though. Intense Guitars thrash away, drums beat like Keith Moon could only manage, accompanied by various drum machine sounds that put a little inventiveness in the sound ('Mr. youre on fire Mr.). 'Liars loose nuts on the velodrome' brings out the shouting again ("Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah")to a heavy bass line, while in complete contrast 'Nothing is Ever Lost or Can Be Lost My Science Friend' is very low key with drum rolling and a very evil guitar melody that will bring paranoia into your brain.
The only drawback (and its very minor) is the final track. A good song that after 5 minutes begins a repetitive cycle of the same backing music for another 25 minutes. It's like a creepy Flaming Lips creation (which I suppose is a good thing). With the 'Vines' taking the world by storm and with the incredible 'Datsuns' to arrive shortly, Down Under is becoming the new 'New York'.
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