Liars - Drum\'s Not Dead

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On 2004's They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, Liars began to explore the mesmerising motorik of psych-rock. This was in contrast to their dance-punk debut They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top but of course that didn’t bother a band content to write their own rules as they go along To record Drum’s Not Dead the group moved from New York to Berlin, indulged in their krautrock influences a little more and tapped into not one but two muses, represented by two fictional characters: the confident, assertive Drum and the reserved, hesitant Mt. Heart Attack. The record oscillates between these two polar extremes; songs such as "Be Quiet Mt. Heart Attack!" comes on in a rush of broken-down guitar riffs, military rhythms and frontman Angus Andrew's elegant falsetto; "Drum Gets a Glimpse" carries more ethereal melodies alongside a feast of abstract guitar lines and swishing percussive susurrations. At times the band’s pounding double-drums, screaming guitar feedback and howling vocals create a mad sound that makes you yearn for calmer examples of their ethereal voodoo. Luckily on this album, such moments never too far away. --Paul Sullivan

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