…I left Australia when I was young, so being anywhere – in America, or Berlin – I feel like an alien.
Angus Andrew, The Quietus, 2010
Formed: New York, USA, 2000
Featured album: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004)
YOU NEVER KNOW quite where you stand with Liars. One minute they’re making you shake your butt and tap your feet with their funky dancepunk; the next they’re freaking you out with experimental concept albums, or creating their most intimate and personal music using synthesisers. It’s part of the appeal of this art-punk trio, for whom restlessness is a perpetual state of being.
We… come from the same place of just hating what we heard, and wanting to make something that was even worse that people would hate even more and somehow get paid for it. That’s what we were trying to do; make the worst records possible.
Paul Leary, Our Band Could Be Your Life, 2001
Formed: 1981, Texas, USA
Featured album: Locust Abortion Technician (1987)
IF IT’S TRUE what French symbolist Arthur Rimbaud said about a systematic derangement of the senses being the source of true creative inspiration, then the Butthole Surfers might just be America’s greatest artistic visionaries. There are few audio-visual experiences as mind-shatteringly disorientating – to band and audience alike – as a Butthole Surfers show.
The main thing we see when we look into an audience is people laughing at us. It’s perfect…. They just have this look on their faces like they’re watching a cartoon or something.
Trevor Dunn, Sounds interview, 1991
Formed: 1985, California, USA
Featured album: Disco Volante (1995)