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INTERVIEW: No Liars

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Morley & Noah: Thanks for having us, we’re doing great! Busy with the album roll out and getting excited to show everyone some new songs!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Animal”?

Noah: Animal was one of the songs that just came out in an afternoon.  It all came together quite quickly after that main guitar part was written.  Then, after the instrumental parts were locked down, Morley went to work on the vocals and just killed it.

Morley: Yeah like Noah said. The musical idea came together really naturally and quick; I could immediately hear melodies running through my head. It had very cool dark elements and heavy rock vibes going on that spoke to me lyrically.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Morley: No not particularly. I feel like we all as human beings have inner struggles, turmoils, or “inner demons.” There are things about ourselves that we don’t like, want to change or are fighting against to be morally better or mentally healthier. I felt like we all, for the most part, present ourselves as normal even with things like depression, anxiety or negative thoughts rumbling around inside. It made me think of “Jekyll and Hyde,” a normal man turning into a monster and trying to hard to shed that hidden part of their persona. The line “I am an Animal!” kept coming to me and that’s where the lyrical ideas stemmed from.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Morley: It was a blast! We filmed it at my spouses’ uncles place. They have this beautiful house on a stunning property completely surrounded by thick forest. We spent 2 evenings filming both inside the house and outside in the dark and creepy surrounding woods. Add some cool lighting, smoke machines and a ton of talented and great people to work/hang out with and it couldn’t have gone better.

Noah: We came to Mike Morash (Cambiguous Productions) with not a whole lot of notice and it just seemed to come together.  I’ve never been a part of a shoot that has that many horror elements, it was really fun to try and make it as creepy as possible.  At one point when we were shooting B roll I was trying to run across the scene and took a pretty bad tumble down an embankment… everyone had a pretty good laugh.

The single comes off your new album The Cause & The Cure – what’s the story behind the title?

Noah: The title actually comes from the name of the last song on the record, it was one of the earliest songs we wrote.  It ended up tying into the whole theme of the record, which looks at all the ways we humans are both the cause and the cure of all of our problems.

Morley: Yeah I think Noah really nailed it on the head there.  All of our actions and choices have consequences and in the end it’s up to us to mend, fix or prevent them.

How was the recording and writing process?

Noah: Really fun!  Some of these were written in 2014 and others all the way up to a couple of months before we went in the studio in January 2017 so it was wild to hear how they changed over time.  Our first EP was songs that I’d written for fun and were more or less done before I brought them to the other guys to see if they wanted to play them.  This time around there was more input from everyone which made for a batch of stronger, more mature songs.  Recording with Jesse was a breeze, he’s been recording punk and rock and everything in between for so long he was a wizard at the board.  He’s got an amazing ear and is really good at hearing one or two subtle things that can make a song that much better.

Morley: It was very natural and I think all of us just “clicked” and had the same vision. Once the guys got a song rolling I let the overall vibe take me to a place that made the words just spill out on to the paper in my book. Once we had the songs chosen for the record we spent 2 days with Jesse doing pre-production at ‘The Nest’ a funky little studio in East Sooke just outside of Victoria where we live. Shortly after that we made the trip over to Jesse’s Studio ‘Rain City Recorders’ In Vancouver and spent 2 weeks there recording and working on the record.

What was it like to work with Jesse Gander and how did that relationship develop?

Noah: We loved working with Jesse.  We’d self-recorded and produced our EP and reached out to him to mix because we loved the work he’d done with Japandroids and White Lung.  He did such a great job working with the tracks we gave him, it just made sense to go to him for our full length.  We wanted the recordings to be big and mean but still have a raw, live feel to them and he did a great job of balancing those ideals.

Morley: Jesse has a great attitude and was very easy to work with.  He is one of the most efficient and hard-working producer/recording engineers that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. He liked the songs, the sound and knew exactly what we were going for. Jesse is a talented musician himself and has played in his fair share of bands spanning many genres.

How much did he influence the album?

Noah: He didn’t change many of the parts, but the tweaks he made made the songs flow a lot better and the sounds he was able to get out of all the instruments just brought things to another level.  He was able to get really good vocal performances out of myself and Morley, testing the limits of how far we could push ourselves.

Morley: I wouldn’t say he influenced the album as much as  just helped us make it sound the way we envisioned it. If he had any changes or ideas for a song he would voice his opinion and we would try a few things until we were all happy with it.

What dark corners did you get to explore on this record?

Morley and Noah: This record in its entirety is very dark. We touched a lot on the politics and social problems happening right now in the United States and the rest of the world. In one of the songs, ‘The Displaced,’ we tried to humanize people who have been devastated by the ongoing refugee crisis. We also dive into mental health issues with such songs like ‘Animal,’ ‘This hell I call home’ (which is about PTSD, Split personality disorder) as well as ‘Faceless.’  We wanted to write lyrics that could be our catharsis for all the negative stuff that is happening in the world.  Hopefully others can relate to that too.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We aim to hit the road in spring 2018 to tour and promote the new album.

What else is happening next in No Liars’ world?

We’re busy working on more video content and planning on releasing a few more singles until the album drops. Then tour and hopefully hit some festivals in the summer! In the meantime we plan on enjoying the holidays, working on some new songs and add some surprises into our live set.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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