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Water Liars at Off Broadway with special guests The Fog Lights

“My sisters were the heavens / My brothers were the depths / Now I’m rolling into battle with a smoke between my lips,” Justin Kinkel-Schuster sings on “I Want Blood,” and it’s a presiding image on the self-titled third LP from Mississippi’s Water Liars. Joined by GR Robinson on bass and fresh off the success of their album Wyoming and the reissue of their debut, Phantom Limb, Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant strut into this effort with their feathers out, driven by a need to create. Forget your precious bands that take years to release their next album: Water Liars don’t know how to stop working. A punk aesthetic – a desire not to overdo songs until they’re shiny with emptiness – is the band’s defining feature, and it’s why their songs are filled with such raw sorrow.

When Kinkel-Schuster and Bryant’s voices twine together somewhere in the greater stratosphere of sound, as they do on “Tolling Bells,” try not to feel like a psalm. To call the songs here an improvement over what they’ve done before would be to sell the earlier work short. They’re simply telling one story, a story that doesn’t end, about the ways we save ourselves and kill ourselves, about the terrors and joys of being a small thing in a big world, and this is just the latest installment.

After their careers took them in different directions, high school friends Justin Johnson and Jim Peters stayed connected through annual dinners at King Edward's Fried Chicken. In those years they matured as songwriters and musicians in well-loved bands Pretty Little Empire and Jump Starts (Johnson), and The Provels and The Upright Animals (Peters).

After a year of playing shows and recording, their album “Manhassett” was released on July 25th. The first single - “Lead the Way” - features the pair’s sweet, high harmonies and dual acoustic guitars, backed with brushed drums and bursts of harmonica. Under it all, gently subversive banjo anchors the folked-up aesthetic that runs through the album. Loaded with chirped strums and warm harmonies, “Manhassett” is minimalist and delicate, sometimes forgoing instruments for punctuated a cappella single lines. Their cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” ditches genre cliches, turning the goth classic’s angry rumble into the fragility of a breaking heart.
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