Band of the Day: Amongst Liars

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Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from Horsham, Hailsham, Polegate and Eastbourne. So we just say Brighton to make it easy and everyone knows where that is! But we rehearse in Eastbourne.

How did you meet?

The band was formed from two separate band break ups. Ian used to sing in Katalina Kicks and Me (Leo), Adam and Ross used to be in Saint Apache. While we were looking for a singer we were still meeting up every week writing and just scouting out people for possible auditions. The search was a bit bleak for a while!! But we received a message on the facebook page from Ian who said Katalina Kicks have broke up and he was looking for a band. So Ian and I met for a casual coffee at Costa in Peacehaven (really rock n roll) and hit it off! We had been through similar past situations but mainly we shared the same future goals. What it is to be in a band and what we want to achieve. So we arranged a jam and just began writing straight away!

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How long have you been playing as a band?

It’s been a year since we first started writing/jamming.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

In our facebook band group we put about 300 different ideas and names in but set on Amongst Liars because it has a strong meaning of the world today. Both of our previous bands had a political edge and my band Saint Apache were definitely politically charged when it came to the writing so we didn’t want to lose that side of what we were about moving forward I guess. Also the word Liars holds each of our initials!

What are your influences?

I think each member could reel off pretty different influences! Which is why we feel we are making some cool music. All the influences coming together! The core band influences I would say would be Audioslave, Shinedown, Dinosaur Pile Up, QOTSA, RATM, Royal Blood amongst a few others.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I think we have quite a diverse taste and we aren’t afraid to try new things in writing. We are dipping into different sounds and different styles while keeping that alternative rock core. Having Ian is great as he keeps it very real with the lyrics too. We want to build on the first run of songs we have recorded as we now know the direction we want to be heading in.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Not a particular theme throughout the entire catalogue. We didn’t want to be the same as Apache where it was very direct in what the songs were. There is more to life than just politics and other important things that we need to bring forward in our songs. Over and Over was about being on the treadmill of life and getting up after being knocked back. Being reborn into the new band if you will! Wolf Machine has the Out and Out Political edge and Burn The Vision is more media focussed and lack of the public’s empathy on horrible things in this world. Our next song Mind (out in November) is more about suicide and depression. So all serious subjects and its been nice to open the gates and sing about them.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We have played the total of… one show! Back in February at Nambucca. Actually it was a really great show and we were excited for more shows and the festivals we had booked! So I guess bring on 2021 when it all starts coming back (fingers crossed!)

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I feel that actually playing the show seems wild at this stage as we’ve only had one before lockdown!

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play a Telecaster through a marshall JCM 2000 amp. When Ian plays he wields a fender Jag through a Fender amp. Ross has a Fender Mustang bass from the 60’s (coolest bass ever) and Adam plays a Ludwig Kit.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We just dropped the single Burn The Vision. It’s our 3rd single following on from Over and Over and Wolf Machine. It has a mad video to go with it as well!! Adams Dad said he didn’t mind being the disgusting slob in the video so we took him up on that offer and gave him beer and snacks! God we are kind…

What are your plans over the next six months or so?

We want to release our 4th and final song of 2020 in November and then we are back into the studio at the end of November to recorded loads more songs. We are writing extensively at the moment to create a possible album next year.

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If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

It’s a tough one regarding an opener. I’d like to maybe have Call of the Kraken. There debut single earlier in the year was amazing and we both go to Manchester to record at Red City. So it would be great to go on tour with those boys! As a headliner goes it would have to be Rage on their reunion tour!

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