UPDATE: As of yesterday, the Liars shows in both Seoul and in Busan have been cancelled due to problems getting the correct visa to perform. Check the event Facebook page for updates. All those who paid for tickets will recieve an email soon and Super Color Super assures that all money will be refunded.
The venue has already been booked for the evening and a replacement show will take place. As of now Lhasa will play, and other groups are expected to be booked before showtime Saturday night.
BUSAN, South Korea - This weekend sees the arrival of three-piece art-rock outfit, Liars, to Korea with a Friday night show in Seoul and another here in Busan at Interplay in the PNU area. The three-piece band, which formed in 2000, consists of guitarist/vocalist, Angus Andrew, keyboard/guitarist, Aaron Hemphill and drummer Julian Gross.
The trio has been a staple of the New York dance-post-punk scene since 2001 and is regarded as one of the more experimental acts around. Their fifth album, “Sisterworld” (March 2010), continued to please long time listeners, and the group counts post-punk legends Karen O and Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as avowed fans.
Liars have bounced around geographically and stylistically over the course of ten years and five LPs. They recently settled in L.A. after spending time in both Brooklyn and Berlin.
“We’re known for always changing direction,” Andrew Angus told Busan Haps Magazine. “Our show is a mix. Generally, we’re an experimental band.”
When it comes to their upcoming gigs in Korea, it seems even the band doesn’t know quite what to expect.
“I’m sure we’ll blown away by how high-tech it is,” Andrew said. “I think it will be eye-opening for us. I’m sure our ideas have been tainted by the North.”
The mix of Liars’ live show includes material spanning the band’s early incarnation making funky dance-punk, through the weirder, heavier fare of their most recent release. Korea marks one of the last steps in a year-long tour for the group. Soon, they will return to the studio to record again.
The shows, February 11 at V-Hall in Seoul and February 12 at Interplay in Busan, mark Liars’ first visit to Korea. It’s easy to imagine that Andrew, something of a life-long expat — he was born in Manila, raised in Australia, went to college in the U.S. and recorded two albums in Germany — will feel right at home among an audience of émigrés.
“It’s weird to be in a position where you can’t put a finger on where you’re from,” Andrew says. “I always feel that I am still somewhat of a foreigner. I enjoy that sort of outsider perspective.”
If you would like to sample some of the bands sounds you can check out their MySpace Music page here.
If you’re interested in getting a little of the outsider perspective yourself, tickets are available in advance for both shows. Information can be found on Super Color Super’s website.
Liars in Korea:
-Feb 11- Seoul, V-Hall 10PM 34,000W Presale/ 38,000W Door
-Feb 12- Busan, Interplay 10pm 20,000W Presale/ 25,000W Door
-For presale tickets you can wire money to :
Shin Han Bank 100-026-821308 Acct name: ???(??????)
-After wiring, send an email to email@example.com with: 1. your name 2. number of tickets 3. amount sent
-Presale ends Feb 10 Seoul, Feb 11 Busan