John Doran, bbc.co.uk, June 2012
OF ALL THE BANDS to emerge out of London and New York's post punk/punk funk revival of a decade ago, only Liars and LCD Soundsystem really transcended pastiche and retro stylings to create something completely new. James Murphy's grizzled dance crew wanted to put the art back into party and in so doing captured the essence of the decade with its hipster panic, MP3 playlists and obscure artist torrents. Meanwhile Liars sought to create their own sonic universe that existed as a space with as few formal connections to their peers as possible. And while their first three albums contained echoes of Can, This Heat, the Butthole Surfers and Bauhaus, it was safe to say that they possessed a singular talent and vision.
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