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LISTEN: More New Liars
The Quietus , May 23rd, 2012 08:18

Second track on Mute Soundcloud. Plus! We're DJing their London gig

After the pop electronics of 'Number One Against The Rush', here comes the other side of Liars new album WIXIW. 'Octagon', which you can listen to on the Mute soundcloud here, is a lumbering, drum-heavy beast, a streamlined nuclear army take on the sounds of Drums Not Dead.

Speaking to us about WIXIW, Angus Andrew said "I thought this song was important to have as the second song, because it starts to showcase this contradictory theme that seems to run through the record. The first song is about wanting someone to be with you, but straight away on the second song it starts to talk about how they should leave you. You find that throughout the record, even within single songs, there's this duality of wanting to be close to someone but at the same time being afraid of that and thinking it's best that they leave.

"This is one of a few others that was originally a lot longer, but with the kind of collaboration that we had - which was a lot more on this record than before - other voices started to tell me that it was way too long. That's really hard to hear when you're writing a song, and it's not something I've really opened up to before. It's all made within the computer. Still to this day I'm trying to figure out how I made some of those sounds. Experienced electronic artists would probably save some presets or whatever, but I never did that when I was working, because I get excited about things and move on."

WIXIW is out via Mute on June 4th, after the band play Field Day on the 2nd. On June 12th we're very pleased that Quietus DJs will be appearing at the band's gig for Eat Your Own Ears at XOYO in London, you can buy tickets here.

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