Liars Dispense With Characters, Concepts On New CD

It's rare to use the word "pop" in the same sentence as experimental rock troupe Liars, but next week, fans can dig into what frontman Angus Andrew describes as the group's most accessible record yet.

It's rare to use the word "pop" in the same sentence as experimental rock troupe Liars, but next week, fans can dig into what frontman Angus Andrew describes as the group's most accessible record yet.

"In a way, this is as experimental as we get. We toyed with the idea of working with specific popular rock elements. Although common to other people, these are sounds that were foreign to us," Liars frontman Angus Andrew tells Billboard.com. These elements include what resembles sing-along choruses, guitar solos and more familiar verse-chorus structures, though the group's penchant for dissonance and noise remains intact.

"This is the record that will connect with more people the most directly," he continues. "Liars fans are really tough and we've pulled them through a lot of difficult stuff, so this is like our gift to them."

The self-titled effort, the group's fourth full-length, is due Aug. 28 via Mute and was co-produced Gareth Jones (Erasure, Depeche Mode). It comes on the heels of last year's critically acclaimed (and highly conceptual) "Drum's Not Dead," which revolved around the battles between two fictional characters representing conflicting inner emotions -- creativity and doubt.

It was that effort that Andrew and bandmates Julian Gross and Aaron Hemphill thought was their first "pop attempt." "But even the concept was confusing people, or at least throwing them off," he says. "I mean, that was our first easy listening record comparatively. This time, we were all about removing the distractions. No more fictional characters or long song names. We would just lay down guitars, then we'd lay down some more. We halved the time that we spent in the studio just so that we weren't over-thinking anything."

It's this decidedly "rock'n'roll approach" that may have helped Liars nab the supporting slot on Interpol's upcoming tour, which kicks off Sept. 10 in Albany, N.Y.

"I suppose our two different bands have been walking down different paths, but we really do have a lot in common even though it may not seem it. We have some similar influences, like how we're both really into Joy Division and Bahaus," Andrew says of the Capitol band. "At one point before all this was even happening, we [Liars] were sitting around and mentioned to each other that of all the bands going around ... that if we were teenagers, Interpol would be our favorite band. That's part of what made us think about making this record."