Not Dead CD/DVD
Liars' divisive They Were Wrong So We Drowned
was a deliberate departure from their original Pop Group-y sound.
Jumping ship at the perfect time, the LP stripped everything down
to its most skeletal atonal center. And everyone hated it so much
that I loved it – not to mention my admiration for the way
in which they gave the pigeonholers the finger – and and that
this was when that kind of thing was starting to make some serious
cash… Whether or not it was your cup of meat – you had
to respect ‘em if only for the way they made industry speculators,
cheerleaders, and trendoids flee in horor.
Not Dead takes up where They Were Wrong So We Drowned
left off - only these compositions are much more involved and well-conceived.
Though it’s a paced affair that builds slowly and modally,
there’s not a second of extra fat on this thing. Heavy tom
thuds and ghosts of dissonant melodies float in and out. If I had
to describe it, I’d say that this unique animal exists on
its own post-tribal plain somewhere between the kraut and psych.
Finally, this is a superbly recorded record with a truly gargantuan
thematic material is all based on binaries divided between "Drum"
and "Mt. Heart Attack." You’ll swear you heard a
didgeridoo on “Be Quiet Mr. Heart Attack” – which
hums around your ears like a swarm of bees. You also hear Gregorian
chants echoing through the dark back hallways. But you definitely
hear the Aboriginal instrument during the percussive excitement
of "Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack." Angus Andrew’s
falsetto is given Gregorian Beach Boy harmonic enhancement on “Drum
Gets a Glimpse.” The kinetic “I Fit In When I Was a
Kid” is the only song that has nothing to do with “Drum”
or “Mr. Heart Attack.” “The Wrong Coat For You
Mt. Heart Attack” and “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack”
are beautiful meditations that give wholeness to the collection.
“Hold You Drum” and “It's All Blooming Now Mt.
Heart Attack” are noisy and ambient – the former based
on rigid percussion and the latter on swampy drone. “Drum
and the Uncomfortable Can,” with its chaotic feedback over
bouncy disco, is the closest this one gets to the old Liars –
and it ain’t even that close… It’s much more original.
just spit it out, Drum’s Not Dead is the best Liars
album to date and one of the best releases of the year.
I wouldn't be doing this package justice without mentioning the
generous helping of videos. These songs each appear four times -
once in audio and three in video - a dozen songs and thirty-six
videos - all for standard CD price. They've really upped the ante
for everybody else with this one. Let's see who raises 'em.
Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack Realmovie
Visit From Drum Realmovie
and the Uncomfortable Can Realmovie