The first quarter (and a half by now) of 2012 has been a great period for the music video as avant-garde short film. The Shins turned "Simple Song" into a miniature Wes Anderson film. Spiritualized's "Hey Jane" was a visceral look at the life of transgendered men in America. And most recently, School of Seven Bells (or rather, one of their fans) turned their track "Reappear" into a Michael Mann-esque look at being young, in love, and in the city. Brooklyn dance-punk mainstays Liars have a new music video to add to the list of those wonderfully compelling (and in this case, horrifically disturbing) short films. The video for "No. 1 Against the Rush" has a serial killler abducting people in his obvious rapist van and then wrapping them in plastic to (I assume) be disposed of/killed somewhere else. It's as creepy as it sounds and the sparse electronica at the core of the song helps to make it even more unsettling.
Liars is a three-piece band formed in 2000 consisting of Angus Andrew (vocals/guitar), Aaron Hemphill (percussion, guitar, synth), and Julian Gross (drums). Although initially lumped into the New York dance-punk 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.
Liars' debut album They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top was released on the 30th October, 2001. Recorded in a mere two days, the album bore resemblance to the work of Delta 5 and Gang of Four, accenting their angular, acerbic punk with modern synths and drum machines. The album generated interest in the band and gained them a following amongst the post-punk revival scene of New York. Liars were not averse to this attention, but the problem of being pigeon-holed became a pressing challenge for the band to overcome.
As a four-piece, Liars were only to release two more short EPs. The first was entitled We No Longer Knew Who We Were; it was an official release of the bands' early demos recorded in 2000. The second, however, showcased new material. Fins to Make Us More Fish-Like (November 2002) showed progression from their signature sound, but without any material that would seem significantly out of place on their debut. Most noteworthy, perhaps, is "Every Day Is a Child with Teeth", which concentrates more on sound texture and tense, stuttering percussion than the more danceable rhythms for which they had come to be known.
The band officially announced their album Liars on May 24, 2007. It was released August 28, 2007 on Mute Records. In support of the album, Liars toured the UK over August 2007, North America over September/October 2007 supporting Interpol, Europe over November/December 2007, North America over January/February 2008 with No Age and May 2008 with Radiohead. The band also participated on Vincent Moon's The Take-Away Shows.
The band released their sixth album entitled 'WIXIW (pronounced 'wish you') on June 4, 2012. The first single from the album, No. 1 Against the Rush was released on 28 May 2012. It was written in an isolated cabin north of Los Angeles with the aim of removing themselves from the influence of "extraneous things".