Over the course of its now 10-year existence, Liars has gone from off-the-cuff Art Rock punks to, well, slightly more evolved Art Rock punks. Formed in 2000 by lanky Aussie native Angus Andrew and fellow Los Angeles art-school veteran Aaron Hemphill — the only constants in the band's shifting lineups — Liars rode in on the wave of NYC-based bands known for resurrecting the gritty, angular sounds of the city's late-’70s heyday.
A transition to more “traditional” songwriting is evident on the band's latest, Sisterworld, an atmospheric, tension-laced concept record of sorts about the gathering places certain people (aka outsiders) carve out in a sprawling city like Los Angeles, which is where Andrew and Hemphill originally met while studying at Cal Arts.
Liars play the Southgate House Sunday.
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