Carolina Liar, the L.A.-based rock quartet who debuted with 2008 full-length "Coming To Terms" and spent time on the road with OneRepublic and Rob Thomas, will return with their sophomore effort, "Wild Blessed Freedom," on Sept. 27. The group, which will self-release the album through RED after releasing "Terms" on Atlantic Records, is preceding the release with the anthemic first single, "Drown"; listen to an exclusive stream of the track here:
"It's a song about coming to terms with the decision to start a new life," singer/guitarist Chad Wolf tells Billboard.com. "In a lot of ways, it's about where the band is now. We've parted ways with Atlantic and are now on our own and like any new adventure, it's something that's both daunting and exciting. We're looking forward to the journey."
After scoring with singles like "Show Me What I'm Looking For" on their debut, Carolina Liar recorded "Wild Blessed Freedom" over a full year, with their time split between Maratone Studio in Stockholm and Thunderhoney Studios in Los Angeles. Wolf, guitarist Rickard Goransson, bassist/keyboardist Johan Carlsson and drummer Peter Karlsson worked with producers like Shellback, Tobias Karlsson and Max Martin, the Swedish pop maestro behind the hits of Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.
"This is our second album with Max, and once again, it was an amazing experience. He has an incredible ear and an uncanny ability to bring out stuff that you don't realize you have inside," says Wolf.
The frontman says that the group has finished shooting a music video for "Drown" with director Kevin Adamson that will premiere in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Carolina Liar is sketching out touring plans and "hope to be out on the road very soon," says Wolf.