New Band of the Week: Delaire The Liar

London-based rockers Delaire The Liar offer up a dark yet deliciously intense and emotionally-charged sound led by powerful vocals and vivid lyrics that they describe as “honest, impassioned and anarchic.”

The band started out as a duo back in 2018, releasing their debut EP Not Punk Enough before doubling in size with the lineup of Ffin Colley (vocals), Em Lodge (bass), Chaz Tomlinson (drums) and Hannah Watts (guitar) as they evolved their approach.

As the band tells us: “We managed to make use of the space and time the lockdown gave us to look objectively at ourselves, the direction of the band, the dynamics of our songs, and to sharpen our tools and grow into a four-piece Emo/Punk band, based in London. Since signing to Rude Records this year, we believe that what’s yet to come is truly our most emphatic and pointed work yet.”

And on the sound they’ve honed since, the band explains: “We try and be as dynamic as possible with our creative output but I think the common thread through everything we release is that we’re pretty forthright! Our music tends to be quite emotionally charged and evocative, the lyrics are a relatively consistent focal point but the delivery can vary from high-octane fury to a slower, more considered pace.”

Our latest taste of the band’s sound is a series of three singles released this year. We spoke to the band around the release of the second of those singles FURNACE, which opens with rolling drums then stabs of guitar and huge dramatic vocals “Are you hurting? Are you cursive? Where’s your mercy? Are you drunk? I followed the trail of your blood.” That gives way to more laid-back vocals “I watched the room go up, You smell like petrol and the phone lines are cut, The curtains are burning and all that I see is your body hiding from me.”

The intense opening vocals return supported by backing vocals, then give way to heavy guitars and drums before another section of powerful vocals. The pace drops a little before blasting into another huge chorus, which ends on vicious screams that roll into another blast of the chorus.

On the track, the band told us: “It’s a beautiful thing, seeing a song that’s so dear to us resonate with such a body of others in a real unifying way. The subject matter is quite difficult, it’s desperate and pleading, it’s asking the listener if they afford themselves the same time and attention they give to others. It can be so easy to neglect the self in times of great urgency surrounding the people you love most, especially if your own baseline of self-care hangs just above the mud as standard.” Check it out in the video below:

That was preceded by the equally intense HALLOWEEN, which opens up with light vocals that develop into vicious vocals that continue into a catchy chorus “I tried to believe, Every Halloween, That if I gave enough, Paid in blood, I’d have you back for good, So I let it bleed, I would trade anything, You can take my life instead, ‘Cause I hear hell ain’t all that bad.”

There’s no letting up as the energetic vocals continue, flowing into another big chorus that ends on a vicious scream and cool stabbing instrumentals. Check it out in the video below:

And those two singles were followed up with NO THANKS at the end of last month. It begins in a more laid-back fashion but gradually builds in intensity, dropping into a deliciously catchy chorus “This is why I hate your help, This is why I can’t trust anybody else, Telling me to keep the cut clean, Cauterise it if you need, But there won’t be any other chance, Please don’t leave me by myself.”

A second chorus ends on stabs of guitar and the vocals intensify then suddenly the instrumentals drop out before bursting back into a final chorus. Check it out in the video below:

The Delaire The Liar sound has been influenced by bands like La Dispute, mewithoutYou and Pianos Become The Teeth, who offer similar use of vivid imagery in their lyricism. And special mention also goes to “2000s emo royalty” including Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Alexisonfire and Taking Back Sunday.

And on what inspires their music, the band tells us: “We focus a lot on personal experience and try to use the writing process as an exercise to break down and dissect those initial, incandescent feelings with a sense of objectivity. The influences available from the scope of human emotion; grief, vulnerability, patience/impatience, power, we’re capable of it all and we try not to shy away from anything within that capacity in our writing.”

There’s plenty more to come from Delaire The Liar, who just finished up a tour with Vukovi and Press To Meco. And if you missed that, you can also catch them in Norwich on 4 December alongside another GigRadar favourite band Prey Drive. Tickets are available here.

You can follow Delaire The Liar on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube. And check out more new bands like Delaire The Liar through their label Rude Records.

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