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They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top
Candle Blast First/Mute Records

I say I like a lot of stuff. I've really got to stop doing that so much, 'cause it takes away from the stuff I really, really like. Like this album by The Liars. And, I want you to know, I like what they're doing, a lot. Sure, they're not the only band out there doing what they're doing, but it only works for some. And it works for The Liars. I don't think I can say precisely why, but I can say I like it. I swear to God, this time I really do.

It's all just so wrong, so mean, so sure of itself. Maybe that's what's always drawn me to punk — it's just not right, but makes you want to believe anyway. It's not nice and it doesn't care if you like it. It's not what it's supposed to be and it doesn't sound how you thought it would. But it always gets your attention, grabs your shirt at the back of your neck, and pulls you in. Ooh baby, say it hurts so good — that's what punk is to me. A band has got to have it down just right to hit that spot where the hurt feels good. And that's where The Liars live.

I'm not sure about all the little details — you know, instruments, production and whatnot — but they know how to make you really feel. They've managed to invent a post-punk sound equal parts terrifying and alluring, infectious and nerve-wrecking. It's inescapably neurotic, grim and bitter. Like a fiery soul or vengeful spirit, you can't ignore it or its quiet, unintended power and attitude. Like most punk, the nine-song record is minimal and edgy, slow and fast. Incorporating bits of electronic effects, The Liars follow no rigid formats as they create a dark, slithering, sometimes sad and sometimes angry mood. With manic Stooges-style energy and abrasive Fugazi-like emotion, The Liars invented their own gloomy yet thrilling breed of punk.

And it works; it really works. Whether they're shrieking or pleading, dancing or shivering, they're always exuding an intensity that never fails to find a way to hit you hard, really hard. These guys I really like, and I'm not just saying that to be nice — they're certainly not nice, why should I be?

by Jenny Tatone

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