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- Posted on Jul 21st 2008 5:00PM by Jonah Flicker
"What we wanted to do was get that song out a bit more -- the 'Freak Out' song," Andrew explains to Spinner. "We were certainly finding that when we were playing live across America and Europe, that somehow was the audience favorite. It really is more of a record company decision. In the middle of the whole thing, we're like, 'Awesome. Do it. Whatever.'"
The EP actually only has two songs, the title track and a live version of 'Clear Island.' The rest are videos, including an eerie and effective rendering 'Plaster Casts of Everything' that recalls David Lynch's 'Lost Highway.' "What was interesting about doing that video, particularly, was we had never really handed over the reigns of creativity to anyone before," Andrew says. "Even remixes were difficult for us. We met up with Patrick Daughters, an old friend of ours, and basically just gave him free run. In the end, we were just directed as actors. It wasn't until it was finished that we saw it."
With their art school background, Liars fully comprehend the importance of the visual medium, especially in the YouTube era. "We're in the midst of a revolution right now in the music world," says Andrew. "People are all pointing fingers at each other. When it comes down to it, it seems that the responsibility rests on us to make something that is worth paying actual dollars for."
Whether working with friends or having band members take the helm (Julian Gross directs the video for 'Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack'), Liars infuse the task with their abstract creativity. It's this same attitude that gets them ready for to play stadiums while opening up for Radiohead. "Our goal on supporting tours is obviously quite different," Andrew says. "We're there to get these people ready for what's gonna happen. We're not going to come out and do our most aggressive and abstract stuff. It's a fine line with the music we make."
It should be about another year before the next record comes out, but Andrew says the band will head to LA after this tour to start working. "What we're doing is theorizing and trying to conceptualize the steps that we need to undertake practically to start our next album. We look to eventually record over the New Year and then have a record out hopefully by about this time next year. But we're not going to rush into anything. We want to get into the thick of the L.A. vibe."