NO.1 AGAINST THE RUSH – SINGLE – 28 MAY
REMIXES FROM VINCE CLARKE AND MATMOS
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:
NEW ALBUM – WIXIW – 4 JUNE 2012
AVAILABLE ON CD, VINYL & LTD EDITION WAX DIPPED VINYL
LIVE DATES INCLUDING FIELD DAY: 2 JUNE – XOYO, LONDON: 12 JUNE – RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER: 15 JUNE
NME Track Of The Week – “… a very different kind of comeback… it beguiles, subtly shifting in mood and texture… Their cabin fever leads to our delirious dream, as the track flows smoothly to a climax of odd beauty”
Liars – Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross – release the video for the first single from their eagerly awaited new album, WIXIW, No. 1 Against The Rush.
The eerie video, which sees each member of the band abducted by a shadowy figure in downtown LA, was made by Todd Cole, the director and photographer best known for his films for Rodarte.
No. 1 Against The Rush is released on 12” and digital download on 28 May, and precedes the 11-track album, WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”), out 4 June 2012.
The single will feature remixes of the title track from Vince Clarke (Erasure / VCMG / Yazoo) and Matmos plus exclusive b-side, We’ll Never Learn.
WIXIW is Liars’ sixth studio album and the follow up to 2010’s critically lauded Sisterworld (The Quietus’ Album of the Year, #9 in the NME’s Albums of the Year who said of the album “…this incredible album is your passport to a better place.”).
The album, with artwork designed by John Weise, will be available on CD, deluxe vinyl (with CD) and limited edition vinyl with silk-screened embossed covers hand dipped in black wax by the band. Pre-order is available from http://liars.sandbag.uk.com where you can see images of the limited edition run being produced.
Aaron Hemphill here discusses the video, “Beginning with Patrick Daughters’ video for Plaster Casts Of Everything, we’ve really enjoyed giving directors complete freedom in executing a visual interpretation of a Liars song entirely based on their own reaction to the song, free from any factual references or creative input from us. We were really won over by Todd Cole’s enthusiasm for No. 1 Against The Rush, as well as his very musical and rhythmic pacing in his treatment. Despite being wrapped head to toe in plastic, being dragged through broken glass, and being strangled to the ground, we had the easiest job to do on the set and we eagerly look forward to any new forms of punishment that can be inflicted upon us in making the next video.”
The title, WIXIW, is explained by Angus Andrew, “’wish you’ is a familiar and universal sentiment of longing and hope, but when misspelt becomes uniquely shrouded and difficult to interpret, which in many ways is representative of our music and the songs we wrote for this album”.
Recorded in LA, self-produced by the band with additional production from Daniel Miller and mixed by Tom Biller, the album, is hard to shake, tough to pin down, and impossible to get out of one’s head even after an initial listen. Simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging release from these iconoclasts, it is both a summation of Liars’ work up to now, and a complete break from anything you’d ever heard the band do previously.
“If we aren’t confusing people, it’s not us,” Andrew laughs. “If we aren’t confusing ourselves with what we do, then we’ve failed.”
Liars will return to Europe for live dates including Field Day – 2 June, and a series of intimate shows, including London’s XOYO – 12 June and Manchester’s Ruby Lounge – 15 June (full list below).
NO. 1 AGAINST THE RUSH TRACKLISTING
No. 1 Against The Rush
No. 1 Against The Rush – Vince Clarke Remix
No. 1 Against The Rush – Matmos Remix
We’ll Never Learn
2 June – Field Day, London
4 June – Forbidden Fruits Festival, Dublin
7 June – Nouveau Casino, Paris
8 June – Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht
9 June – AB Club, Brussels
10 June – Roter Salon der Volksbühne, Berlin
12 June – XOYO, London
15 June – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Watch a series of video teasers created by the band on their Tumblr, which have given rise to much speculation on where this ever evolving, ever influential band are headed: http://amateurgore.tumblr.com/
Watch a trailer for WIXIW here: