An Interview With the Guy From the Liars

Angus Andrew uses technology the wrong way to make 21st century monster music.

Once, as in 2001, Liars were at the razor’s edge of the hip Brooklyn zeitgeist soundtrack. They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, their first album, landed them in a trench with TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with a big monument in the shape of a condo on top. Nowadays, they couldn’t sound farther away. But that’s precisely what stints in New Jersey, Berlin and now, Los Angeles, will do to you.

But strange exile hasn’t been a bad thing. Their clangy, dark sound has gone through the experimental wringer, and come out with plaudits from across the influenceosphere. What other band today could get TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimple, Devendra Banhart, the Melvins, Atlas Sound and Thom Yorke to reinterpret their haunting new long player Sisterworld for a special edition bonus disc? (Yup, that Thom Yorke.)

Motherboard spoke by telephone with Liar No. 1, Angus Andrew, about the importance of getting away, the mine field of political music, technological experimentation, and his hopes of finally scoring some reality TV.

(A primer: Liars haunting new video for ‘Scissor,’ directed by Andy Brutel.)

Read the interview over at MOTHERBOARD