INTERVIEW: Amongst Liars

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

Hey! All’s been good thanks – we’ve been keeping very busy!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Kill The Tide”?

It was one of the first songs we wrote as a band when we started in late 2019 and we finally decided to release it. 

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

Ian: Yes it was completely inspired by the start of Amongst Liars and finding positives through the stress that we all went through before the band started. 

Originally I was in a band for many years that imploded in mid 2019 and was really let down over the space of six months by a succession of people I really trusted – and you just know when things aren’t right, so I just moved on and found a new direction.

The other guys were in a different band who had a similar experience, being let down by people too and we kind of knew each other before that having played a show together, so I reached out, we met up and it just clicked. 

It’s what bonded us so quickly I think, when you go through similar things. 

The title for the song came from a group chat when we were looking for a band name. Someone suggested Kill the Tide, which we didn’t like as a band name, but I thought that it would make a great song title. 

And with that title the lyrics for this song just flowed and came quite easily – and helped me personally move on from the past, so it was very cathartic writing it!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We wanted a simple performance video for this one, as we hadn’t done a performance vid for a while. The guys who do all our vids, Josh and Rob, sorted an amazing new studio space at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne and we just went down and smashed the performances out in a day. 

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded this in late 2019 up in Manchester with David Radadh-Jones, who the guys worked with before and he is great. We went in with the song idea written and mapped out as we had spent a few months really working on it and he brought new ideas to it as well, such as the melodic outro riff. 

Originally the song as recorded had a really long intro, a bit like Sliver by Velvet Revolver, but in April this year we asked Dave to cut the intro and remix the song to make it more ‘fresh’ sounding to tie in with the more recent songs we have recorded – and he did a great job!

What role does the UK play in your music?

We are very much a British band and want to have a British sound and edge to the music. We write about things going on in this country too – let’s face it there has been a lot of subject matter to keep us busy over the last few years! 

How has Royal Blood and Audioslave influenced your writing?

Ian: I love the simplicity of the Royal Blood sound. It’s raw but fresh and dynamic and has a great energy to it, which is what I want in music I listen to and want to write / perform.

As for Audioslave. THAT groove, heaviness and vibe is just perfect. I love RATM too. I personally have been massively inspired by the late great Chris Cornell, as he was such an amazing musician – and what a voice. 

When we started Amongst Liars we knew that we wanted to do melodic groove based rock with a modern twist and edge to it, so these two bands were the perfect starting place, but we want to be ourselves more than anything, so we moulded and developed riffs and songs to make what we hope is our unique sound.

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

Yes! We have written and recorded an album that we are VERY excited about! 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It will be self-titled, an introduction to the band as it were. 

And we are working on firming up release dates at the moment. It will be in 2022 though and we want to get it out ASAP as really want people to hear the new songs – as we have also got a lot of new song ideas too that we want to crack on with writing and recording for album number two!

What else is happening next in Amongst Liars’ world?

We are really looking forward to our November tour and playing live loads. 

We are playing the following dates and really can’t wait:

19th Nov – Grove Theatre, Eastbourne 

24th Nov – Water Rats, London

25th Nov – Thunderbolt, Bristol

26th Nov – Albert’s Shed, Telford

27th Nov – Asylum 2, Birmingham 

28th Nov – Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield

30th Nov – Gullivers, Manchester

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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