THEY THREW US ALL IN A TRENCH AND STUCK A MONUMENT
ALBUM BLAST FIRST!, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
AUGUST 19, 2002 REVIEW: AUGUST 15, 2002
are part of a new breed of bands, that includes, among others, the British
Mclusky and some of the bands on the Sonic Mook compilation Future
Rock & Roll. Bands that all seem to worship Steve Albini, and
have a will to blow the trad rock that thrives on both sides of the Atlantic
into little pieces.
On their debut album They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument
on Top, the New York based Liars walk on in the muddy, nihilistic
footprints left behind by Big Blacks hatecore and The Jesus Lizards
bang-your-head-against-a-brick-wall-til-it-cracks punk rock. Liars
throw in some cheap electronics as well, and occasionally their racket
ends up close to a condensed version of the more grinding bits on Ministrys
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste. They also have a healthy
disregard for conventional song structures; often choruses and verses
lie splattered about like body parts after a terrorist bombing. Altogether
rather more exciting stuff than the new Oasis album, in other words.
The 30 minute long closing track This Dust Makes That Mud
and their arty song titles could have been a problem, but in a worryingly
devolved world that seems to celebrate its own de-intellectualisation
theyre actually quite liberating. Just like Liars.