from Los Angeles California
Liars is a three-piece American band consisting of Australian-born Angus Andrew on vocals and guitar, Aaron Hemphill on percussion, guitar, and synth and Julian Gross on drums. Although initially lumped into the New York post-punk revival scene of the early 21st century, they have come to be categorized by their dramatic stylistic shifts between albums, while retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture.The genesis of the band can be traced to Los Angeles, where Andrew and Gross were attended Cal Arts and Hemphill was currently employed in LA at a record store. Upon meeting, Andrew and Hemphill began their collaboration on four-track recordings. Once Andrew had completed art school, they relocated to New York together. Although Gross was not a member of Liars' NYC-period roster, he was often taken along on tour for hawking the merchandise and providing comedic banter. For the time being, Pat Noecker (formerly of Neuromancer, Urethra Franklin, and Opium Taylor) and Ron Albertson (drums, formerly of Mercy Rule), filled out the band's rhythm section after responding to a well-placed want ad.This line-up (Andrew/Hemphill/Noecker/Albertson) released the first Liars full-length, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, in October 2001.
As a four-piece, Liars were only to release two more short EPs.Noecker and Albertson then left the band and joined the short-lived band No Things while Andrew and Hemphill reunited with Gross to form the next (and current) incarnation of Liars. The first release from Liars as a three-piece was a split EP with the band Oneida, called Atheists, Reconsider. This newfound experimentation paved the way for Liars' next full-length album, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned in 2004.Creatively unfazed by the critical response to their unexpected experimental leap, the band relocated once again to Berlin where they would eventually record their third full-length, Drum's Not Dead in 2006.On December 8, 2009, Liars released for free on www.thesisterworld.com, the premier track from Sisterworld, entitled "Scissor." The track is 3:38 long, and is a mix of Liars' ethereal harmonies from "Drums Not Dead" and the more visceral rock of Liars' self-titled album.
As of December 24th, 2009, the album has leaked in it's entirety onto the internet as low quality mp3s. There is no official release date for the album as of December 26th, and Mute or Liars have not yet commented on the early leak.