INTERVIEW: Liar Liar

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

Been good. Grateful to be healthy and safe during these unsettling times!

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

So we’ve had it ready to go for a while, it was actually originally our first release, but we decided that Better Off should come first. It’s basically about that feeling of escapism that we look for in a heavy night out, and the desire to never come home to reality. Something that the early hours offers that takes away responsibilities and stress.

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

‘Young’ came from people-watching when I was working in a bar; I saw the sheer resolve british people have when it comes to chasing a good time. Wind, rain or snow, we don impractical shoes and dance until it hurts but will never admit defeat…so ‘Young’ is a love letter to that binge culture.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

So we actually filmed a socially distant video about a week ago in London. It’s different to what we originally envisioned but I think lockdown really made us think outside the box and the results are looking good so far…

How was the recording and writing process?

So when I first heard the song, it was actually totally complete, and I just had to lay down my vocals. It’s out of my usual comfort zone, range wise, so was fun to see what I could do with my voice. Me and Thom worked on unlocking parts of my voice I didn’t even know existed, so it’s cool to hear something different in the final mix. What was it like to work with Sugarhouse and how did that relationship develop?

How much did they get to influence the song?

Prior to working with Sugarhouse we’d been producing our own demos in a bedroom setting. Knowing their previous credits having worked with the likes of Pale Waves, Viola Beach and Larkins they just seemed like the perfect fit to take our sound to the next level.

Every time we come out of the studio I’m amazed at where they take the songs…when we demo at home it’s easy to think we’ve taken a song as far as it can go. Ady and Lee always find a way to blow up the song with their own signature style whilst introducing us to elements of ‘our’ sound we weren’t hearing in the first place.

It’s very much a relay race. We’ll demo the song and take it as far as we can (essentially until we’re sick of it) and then hand the reins over to Ady and Lee; at that point it’s all about trust…they practically become honorary bandmates during that process!

What role does and Birmingham play in your music?

They’re our musical homebases. Ben, Chris and I (Thom) spent a lot in bands before Liar Liar learning how to be on stage in places the sunflower lounge and the O2 academy. We love gigging there but having Darcy coming from Watford we have more of an incentive to hit the scene closer to London.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

There is definitely new music coming, we’re looking to get back into the studio as soon as possible. We’re always writing and we’re sitting on a few songs that we can’t wait to fully realise.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Provisionally, we’re looking at somewhere around September/October for a release.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now we’d settle for the shittiest pub in England if it meant getting on stage again. It’s been too long since our last gig and we’ll certainly be bothering as many venues as possible once the world is a little less uncertain.

What else is happening next in Liar Liar’ world?

Right now we’re exploring ways to be creative whilst there are still lockdown rules in place. You’ll definitely be seeing more videos and experimental bits and Bob’s in lieu of gigs at the moment.

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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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