“Teach me how to be a person,” Liars frontman Angus Andrew intones over a rattling synth groove on “Flood To Flood,” a song off of WIXIW, the upcoming new album from Liars, to be released worldwide in June 2012 by Mute. It’s a crucial lyric, providing insight into the fractured conundrum that evocatively haunts every note of WIXIW - one of the most provocative, unsettling, and significant records you’ll probably encounter in 2012.
The band has been wowing the music world since its first album, They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top (2001). After being placed in a power-punk genre, the band exploded outside of the classification with their sophomore album They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, a confrontational, noisy concept cycle dealing with German witch trials. The band has continually impressed the likes of Rolling Stone and Pitchfork since and now returns with a new album that proves that the band is more of an interdisciplinary multi-media assault than just a mere rock band.