Liars have just released their sixth album, WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”), another haunting excursion into a world inhabited by David Lynch and your neuroses. After traversing the globe in support of Sisterworld (2010), the band holed up for over a year, eventually taking over a building in Los Angeles as a place to incubate a new electronic sound that is a far cry from their early years in Brooklyn as noise-rockers unwillingly lumped into the dance-punk scene. Tonight they embark on a three week U.S. tour starting at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
A dark, moody, yet ultimately melodic and groove-laden band, they have spent a career redefining themselves from album to album while always retaining a distinctly Liars aesthetic. “Generally we go down our path and get engrossed in it, at some point we realize we’ve exhausted our current selves and sort of move on,” opines lead singer and de facto frontman Angus Andrew from Los Angeles, where the band has been re-examining their new live approach after a two week jaunt through Europe debuting the WIXIW material. “Our natural progression seems to be somewhat reactionary to whatever we worked on before.”