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Liars - "Mask Maker" (Extended Version) (Video)

New MusicContributor JonesComment

Released earlier this year, Liars’ diverse but focused project, Mess, received average to good reviews, mostly because even though it was interesting, progressive and at the same time still quite retro, they did little to stray from their usual early 2000s dance punk sound. The intro track “Mask Maker” led the pack with a viscous New Order-esque bass beat, peculiar lyrics and a synth horn section that could have come from a punk Atom Heart Mother; and was noticed as one of the best--if not the best--tracks on the record.

Consequently, the release of the new music video for “Mask Maker” was pretty exciting, as Liars would have the chance to put their aesthetic talent to use once again to match the boldness and power of the track. Characteristically the video features a minimalistic approach, each band member wearing white suits and being drenched in multicolored wool threads, with jumps from image to image in time with the beat. Although I would have enjoyed a reference to whatever the lyrics actually meant, I actually preferred the abstract approach.

If you haven’t heard the track, the video is an interesting accompaniment, and a must see for Liars aesthetic lovers.

- Fin Worrall

Iceage - "Against The Moon" (NSFW Video)

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One of Denmark's greatest noise rock bands goes baroque punk on the track "Against The Moon," which you can catch on their latest full-length album Plowing Into the Field of Love, which is out now via Matador.

The band saw fit to tag some Martin Masai Andersen & Kim Thue-directed visuals to the track, and they're an esoteric exploration into sexuality, age, and regret. Or, well, at least that's how I interpret it anyway.

A Place To Bury Strangers - "Straight"

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New York's A Place To Bury Strangers has announced a new album for 2015, and they just dropped the first single, and it's titled "Straight." This is one of the most ferocious noise rock bands on the East Coast, and they live up to that reputation with rumbling distortion, squawking guitar feedback, and a driving bassline.

While the band's last record seemed a little distant and underwhelming, this new single sound up close and personal, which is just the way I like it.

Look for the new A Place To Bury Strangers album, Transfixation, via Dead Oceans on February 17th.