They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

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by Liars
     
 

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Jagged and jittery, mirthful and malicious, this Big Apple-based combo take mood and sonic swings to a whole new level on their full-length debut. The brittle rhythms and declamatory vocals that pervade "Grown Men Don't Fall in the River Just Like That" and "Mr. You're on Fire, Mr.," which employs rapid-fire drum machine fills with all the ferocity of thrash guitar,…  See more details below

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Jagged and jittery, mirthful and malicious, this Big Apple-based combo take mood and sonic swings to a whole new level on their full-length debut. The brittle rhythms and declamatory vocals that pervade "Grown Men Don't Fall in the River Just Like That" and "Mr. You're on Fire, Mr.," which employs rapid-fire drum machine fills with all the ferocity of thrash guitar, resurrect the ghosts of art-funksters like Gang of Four and the Pop Group (albeit without the political subtext). The limb-splaying drum patterns -- more like Rorshach tests, really -- that skedaddle across the surface of tracks like the eerily mechanized "Nothing Is Ever Lost or Can Be Lost" simultaneously compel dance moves and defy you to make them take shape. Abstract-Expressionist Disco? Perhaps. Pollock Punk? Yeah, maybe. But by the end of the numbing epic "This Dust Makes That Mud," with Angus Andrews railing madly into the wind, any such pigeonhole is blown apart, creating enough wreckage to fill the most expansive of trenches.

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All Music Guide - Peter J. D'Angelo
The debut LP from Brooklyn's Liars is a churning collection of jerky punk rock, funk grooves, and computerized mayhem that oddly enough comes off quite charming. With sufficiently angular guitars, British-tinged vocals, and a truly pummeling bass presence, the group rocks with phenomenal energy and absolutely no restraint. The half-hour-long closer, "The Dust That Makes the Mud," collapses into a puzzlingly repetitive, sample-ridden hip-hop beat that ends things on a bizarre note, but the lead-up is pure rock & roll, complete with the attitude and aggression that makes for a great listen. Liars have a surprisingly unique approach that distinguishes them from other groups in their willingness to experiment with different tones, volumes, and styles, all of which make They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On an astounding debut. Catchy group vocals are all over the disc, and just about every chorus is instantly memorable yet still somewhat pummeling. The use of digital sounds and beats only adds to the unique properties of the record, giving it a feel somewhat akin to later Les Savy Fav records, only with a much more punk-fueled sound. Liars are something special, and when a young band puts out a record like this it is hard not to pay attention. Where they'll go from here is impossible to guess, but with a band this hyperactively creative, that seems to be the point.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
One of the most bone-rattlingly ferocious records you'll hear all year.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596918722
catalogNumber:
9187
Rank:
276861

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