Barrow-in-Furness based punks The Liars Club have shared the video for their new single Freak, that was released on June 18, 2021. The track is the latest to be lifted from their new EP ‘Of Self,’ which is out now via Neoprima Music.
Commenting on the themes behind the track, the band said: “Freak is about a burglary that goes wrong. Unbeknownst to him, the burglar enters a sadistic murderer’s house and the song is about the consequences of the meeting between the two. There is no message, just an exaggerated story of what makes people tick in a moment of insanity and injustice when the switch is flicked.”
The band’s forthcoming second EP ‘Of Self’ is the follow-up to their much-hyped 2018 debut EP ‘Dormant,’ with recently-released singles 8 Tonne and Tutankhamun picking up a flurry of early support from GIGWISE, VISIONS, Vive Le Rock, Under The Radar, Maximum Volume, Punktastic and The Punk Site.
The tracks were also added to the X-Posure playlist on Radio X, picking up further spins from Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, rotation at Amazing Radio, KEXP’s legendary punk show Sonic Reducer, BBC introducing Cumbria, and support from Total Rock, Hard Rock Hell Radio, and more.
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Returning to Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden Studios in February 2020, the band reunited with Dormant producer Gavin Monaghan (The Blinders, Goldblade) intent on channeling the fury of their fast-becoming-legendary mosh pits at Barrow’s Underground Music Society (more affectionately known as B.U.M.S), with the band riding a wave of support from Huw Stephens (BBC R1) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6music), and spending several weeks on the Amazing Radio A List.
“Because the studio was familiar our chemistry was even stronger,” says Johnson. “It’s the sound of us having a good time, letting go and escaping our normality.”
Stoking the fires of creativity from the band’s den above their local high street record shop, TNT Records, Johnson (Vox), Daniel Milmine (Guitar), Frank Kendall (Bass) and Matt Southwell (Drums) pull positivity from the bleakest corners of the UK. “Barrow made us, so we don’t hate it; we deal with it,” says Johnson. “We’re just four working class lads making an honest living in ‘the man’ industries which fund many lives in our town, but as soon as we’re on stage we become what we want to be…we’re accomplishing our dreams.”
Hot on the heels of fellow noise punk bands like Viagra Boys, Squid, Black Midi, TV Priest, Chubby and The Gang and Daughters, and as combustible as 1970s punk-rock heroes The Ruts, their merciless swathes of new age punk is nothing if not brutally honest.
Fuelled by the calibration of each member’s genre-spanning influences the band equally share the restlessness of Noah’s love for jazz and soul as the bounce of Dan’s appreciation for hip-hop and rock. “We’ve built our music tastes by just enjoying what we like and appreciating those we may not. There’s no limit, no stopping point; new music comes out all the time and lies waiting for someone to dig it.”
Whether targeting austerity, physical and mental abuse in relationships, or “the never-ending repetition of culturalism in modern day society,” their material to date demonstrates a band wholly aware of humanity’s ignorance to the things it doesn’t wish to hear about, whilst simultaneously recognising its existence and having a whole lot of fun in the process.
“We like music to make you feel something. We not only want the lyrics to open your eyes, but we want the music to bring out the fire in your soul,” they say. “The Liars Club is not a place of violence or hate; it’s a haven for people to come to. We are theirs and they are ours.”
The Liars Club’s new EP ‘Of Self’ is out now.