This is a review of "s/t" recorded by The Lies. The review was written by Gavin Miller in 2005.
Whoa! Where did this come from? Like a rabid dog let out of its cage whilst on numerous class A drugs, The Lies are all about fast, loud, in your face songs. First song on this five track EP ‘Prizing’ shoots off from the get go and doesn’t let up until it’s finished. Loud, brash and immediate, it’s like a storm in full throttle, smashing your head in with its juicy hooks and catchy melodies.
After that, you wonder where on earth can this band go from there. Well, the jingly jangly, kinda stuck ‘My Working Class Heart’ is strong on ideas, but light on tunes. Still kinda nice, but in a non offensive 1960s pop shop kind of way.
‘Tides of the Ocean’ and ‘My Lonelyhood’ are more bold, rockin’ no frills riffage, complete with Mooney Suzuki- esque vocal trills, cymbal smashing and gritty guitars a plenty. The Lies’ saving grace lies in the fact that the songs are nice and compact, as otherwise, a tired idea would be getting very sleepy indeed.
‘What if’s and Maybes’ finishes off the EP, and with suitable style. All lovely restraint and subtle guitar strums over a lazy beat, it’s a classy little number, full of soul.
If you’re a fan of loud, shouty, ball blistering bluesy rock, then look no further. Whereas the EP maybe falls short on new ideas, at least they do what they know pretty darn well. It’s straight ahead, heads down, gritty rock music. If you’re in the mood, go get some.