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

Together with the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and several others, Liars are breathing new life into New York's once-moribund rock scene.

Together with the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and several others, Liars are breathing new life into New York's once-moribund rock scene. With an angular attack that embraces dance rhythms and quirky electronics, the band's attention-grabbing debut boils over with punk attitude. On "Grown Men Don't Fall in the River, Just Like That," lead singer Angus Andrew sings, "We've got our fingers on the pulse of America," and the band backs it up with a blistering sonic barrage. "Mr. Your on Fire Mr." shows an affinity for Gang of Four grooves, while the lurching rhythms of "Loose Nuts on the Veladrome" sound like a truck full of guitars driving off a cliff. Take away the 30-minute ambient loop closing the album and They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top makes for a killer EP. Nevertheless, when firing on all cylinders, Liars are a band worth believing.—JDF