An interview with former HFX band Filthy Liars! Ever wondered what kind of pizza toppings we would be? The story behind our name? Who does what? Silly punx spilling the beans before their upcoming cross-canadian tour from Vancouver to Halifax.
Wow, what a terrible winter. Thankfully this record got me through the last stretch of it. Actually, the first time I listened to it was stoned walking up Agricola in a downpour that washed away all the piles of snow haunting the sidewalk. This felt appropriate to me since the songs all have a theme of "well, everything is terrible now but maybe it won't be someday?"
Anyways, this is the second release by former HFX kids, Filthy Liars, & their first as an electric band.
While I loved their acoustic demo & everything about it, I'm also excited about their new, adapted sound. It's rough, melodic pop punk with a bunch of mid 2000's emo influences in there. What's cool though is that even though it's sappy, sad & catchy, it's also pretty punk & scrappy most of the time. When there are brief screamed vocals, the band sounds more like Witch Hunt than Finch. I keep imagining a shaky snare stand & cans of soda falling off of little borrowed practice amps in a damp Vancouver garage.
A couple of the songs are old acoustic ones reworked, & the rest are new. For the most part, I prefer the originals from their stripped down demo, while other times, like on "Bags & Bottles", a song which I fucking love, the electric switch only makes it better. I no longer want to cry on the floor, instead I want to rip open my ribcage & start throwing my insides around. The new songs pretty much all slay & have that epic scream along capability in them constantly. The lyrics are 100% this bands strongest point sung in beautiful harmonies that feel like a knife in the stomach from someone you really care about.
Super impressed! & they're coming out east on tour in May so you'll be able to pick up a cassette at a show soon. Until then, the record is online @ http://filthyxliars.bandcamp.com/