Saturday, 21 April 2018

Single: LIERS - Universal Female

LIERS - Universal Woman

Info: Pronounced 'liars', North County Dublin four-piece LIERS have just released their debut single, 'Universal Female'. Fronted by lead singer and song-writer Liz Seaver, the band provide their own original take on much-loved early 90's grunge-rock. They play their first Whelan's show this coming Thursday, 26th of April, alongside Sub Motion in support of Fangclub. 

On a personal level I can relate very closely to the sound LIERS proffer on their debut release, and in a sense this was what hooked my interest pretty much straight away. The verses ping out to Foo Fighters' debut 1995 self-titled album, one of the very first CD's I bought when it came out, tracks such as 'This Is A Call' and 'Alone + Easy Target' spring to mind. The guitar riff at the song's opening also inhabits a space which crosses over Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, all three bands cited by LIERS as influences.

What's refreshing about LIERS is how they drag these sounds through a black hole into 2018 and make it their own, this might sound like a re-invention, but it's certainly not. First off the band hammer home their imprint in the second-half, particularly from the 2:18 mark onwards, and match up very well to the sound of peers such as Belfast / London duo REWS. 'Universal Female' is more what you'd expect from a third or fourth single after 12 months of releases, something that bodes very well for the foreseeable future.

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