Updated: May 24, 2021
Release Date: May 21, 2021 Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock Label: Independent
The London/Los Angeles alternative rock trio Charming Liars has independently released the first of a slew of upcoming releases. The first being their brand new EP, Sequence 1: Noise Maker. The EP follows their 2019 debut album, Thought, Flesh and Bone, its acoustic EP, Bare Bones, Live 2019, and second album, Sounds of 2020. The EP is the first in an upcoming series of releases, and the EP features the band's latest singles, "Pieces" and "When Did We?" Charming Liars is made up of vocalist Kiliyan Maguire, guitarist Karnig Manoukian, and bassist Mike Kruger. Manoukian also self-produces the band's music, which includes their new EP.
Charming Liars first began in London with Manoukian and Kruger when they were just teenagers. Both of which were into wide-ranging musical tastes that formed their initial approach to making music together in many different bands in the United Kingdom. However, the two decided to relocate to Los Angeles in 2013 after songwriter and producer John Feldmann (Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182) expressed interest in doing a songwriting session if they ever found themselves in Los Angeles. Sometime after their move to Los Angeles, they connected with Maguire through a mutual friend who was attending The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, leading to the eventual formation of Charming Liars.
Sequence 1: Noise Maker opens with the infectious and electric single, "Pieces." The tune starts with a drawn-out strum of the guitar and Maguire belting the lyrics with his powerful vocals. Behind the track's powerful alternative rock showing, the lyrics of the song touch on a much more serious topic. Charming Liars tackle the division seen among people all over this planet. The band amplifies the pain and feelings associated with the shattered reality we've unfortunately still see to this day. The second song on the EP is "When Did We?" and the band does some introspection. "When Did We?" captures what it feels like to age from the inside out. When the skin on your face stays the same, but the light behind your eyes starts to flicker. The song begins with some electronic music pieces before turning into another alternative rock track that's sprinkled with hints of pop instrumentalization and melodies. The final song on Sequence 1: Noise Maker is the pop-rock anthem "White Leather Electric Chair." The song is the most infectious and most poppy track on the EP and leaves its melodies lingering in your head before the tracks outro string orchestration plays out.
With their first scheduled music release of the year now released, Charming Liars are readying even more music as I type this. With the new set of tunes, the band delivers a fantastic blend of alternative rock and pop-rock. The tracks will leave you singing along in record time. The three songs give off a mix of an intriguing intertwining of styles from bands like Thirty Seconds to Mars to Bad Suns, and of course, others. Fans of these new songs can catch Charming Liars live this December when they hit the road with The Hunna. For more information on tickets to the upcoming tour dates, be sure to follow the link to the band's website below.