Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #84 Liars
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Liars' debut album, 2001's They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck A Monument on Top, garnered much acclaim for it's driving sound, which fit neatly into the post-punk revival that was occurring in NYC at the time. Most bands would fall in line with such acclaim and continue to strive for fame, but Liars expanded their sound into something artistically significant in their own terms. Although most critics did not believe that the result was anything artistic, the band believed it was finding its niche in its experiments with sound on 2004's They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. However, it wasn't until 2006's Drum's Not Dead, did the band truly earn their identity as a band that pushes against the boundaries of sound. Largely based around manipulated drum sounds, Drum's Not Dead told the story of "Drum" and "Mt. Heart Attack." Although the concept was somewhat difficult to digest, the album was texturally superb. Layered with modified drum sounds and atmospheric guitars, the album evoked a wide array of emotions and remains as fresh during the fiftieth listen as it did with the first.