Combining glitch, electronic, noise with forceful post punk, post rock, post everything and propelled by a power greater than that of Thor’s hammer, and just as mystical, Newcastle based five piece instrumental outfit Young Liar will be bringing their pulsating, experimentalness to this year’s Split. Having formed back in 2010, for what was originally planned as a one-off gig, and pieced together with members of former reputable North East bands, Young Liar have been steadily building a fan base across the region and, even, further afield.
In their brief, but eventful lifespan, the band have performed across the UK and supported the likes of Three Trapped Tigers, I Like Trains, The Twilight Sad, Errors, Male Bonding and Ice Age. As well as already playing our very own Split Festival once before, Live At Leeds 2011 and Brainwash Festival VI, winning fans all over the shop in the process.
Having released their debut EP, the imaginatively titled EP 1, in 2011, which picked up support from Radio 1's Jen Long and BBC 6 Music's Gideon Coe no less, the band quickly followed it up with their second release, EP 2, keeping up with the chronological theme and demonstrating some brilliant counting prowess. Now, while EP1 had all the trademarks of traditional guitar based post-rock, their current sound, and that of EP2, also sees the band drawing influence from and incorporating elements of electronica, noise-rock, krautrock and post-punk. Recent press has drawn comparisons to everyone from Neu!, My Bloody Valentine and Explosions In The Sky, to Spacemen 3, Errors and Nine Inch Nails.
Live, Young Liar create sprawling, scuzzy post-rock goodness that harbours a brutal intensity, yet, at times, is still capable of swerving into delicate, repetitive guitar lines, producing that rarest of all beasts - instrumental music that actually makes you want to get up and dance. Take, for example, tracks like Sponsored Silence, where they mix throbbing bass and spiralling guitars with a sense of urgency greater than the need for that first festival wee after several shandies. All of which makes Young Liar an unmissable treat at this year’s Split Festival.