Water Liars is Andrew Bryant and Justin Kinkel-Schuster. They met on tour some time ago and have been friends ever since. Named after the first story in Barry Hannah’s collection Airships, Water Liars began by accident in Pittsboro, MS in late 2011. Justin, who previously spent some time in a St. Louis-based band named Theodore, writes the songs and Andrew makes them better.
The new Water Liars record Wyoming was made in Water Valley, MS in September 2012. Weighted with accumulated evidence from experience, it’s likely to stab anyone who may hear it in the gut and the heart. And then they’ll turn the record over again.
Their first album Phantom Limb was the product of the aforementioned accident; a collection of songs, recorded without aim over one weekend at Bryant’s house in Pittsboro, released by Misra Records in March 2012.
Water Liars is on tour forever.
Water Liars will release their self-titled third album on February 4th, 2014 via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
Joined by GR Robinson on bass, and fresh off the success of sophomore album Wyoming and the reissue of debut LP Phantom Limb – both released earlier this year – Justin Kinkel-Schuster (vocals, guitar) and Andrew Bryant (drums, vocals) strut into this effort with their feathers out, driven by a need to create. Forget taking years to release a new album; Water Liars don't know how to stop working. These are songs about leaving and staying, about lost fathers and new loves, about distance and memory. A full track listing along with upcoming tour dates can be found below.
3.I Want Blood
5.Let It Breathe
6.Tolling Bells (For Molina)
7.Ray Charles Dream
11.Turn Me On
Nov. 19 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Jr.
Nov. 20 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
Nov. 21 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
Nov. 22 - Jackson, MS - Martin's
Dec. 5 - Oxford, MS - Lamar Lounge
The Mississippi boys in Water Liars seem to have a pretty firm grip on a lonesome sort of sadness. New song "Linens" takes its name from a mundane household staple that a man can take for granted when he has access to 'em (traditionally via mother or mate), a source of almost mystical warmth and comfort for a real rolling stone like this little ditty's protagonist. Singer-guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster coos a country ballad, complete with the intimate details of a pioneer-style breakfast being prepared (biscuits, bacon, coffee), but no matter how much he longs to revel in domestic bliss, the road calls to this character, and urges him to leave. Drummer-vocalist Andrew Bryant meets his pardner for some beautiful harmonies between verses. The pair have prepared an album's worth of similarly spare Americana gems and it's called Wyoming, due out March 5 on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum. It's certain to have them living on the road for months to come.more
Water Liars, the duo of Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant, will release their sophomore album Wyoming on March 5th, 2013, via Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum Records. Water Liars spent most of the past year on the road and will continue to tour throughout 2013. Currently, Kinkel-Schuster is playing a series of solo shows under the band's moniker and performs next tonight at New World Brewery in Tampa, FL.
Recorded in their now-hometown of Water Valley, MS in late September, Wyoming will be Water Liars' second LP released in just under a year. At the core of the album are stories of specific, intimate moments that can't help but ring universally true. The band favors simplicity and ample space in their songs, while Justin Kinkel-Schuster's clear, plaintive vocals add to Wyoming's warm yet heartsick expanse. The album ranges musically from contemplative, bluesy waltzes ("Backbone") to lonely, tempered howls ("Fake Heat"); from soulful, heartached swings ("Cut A Line," "You Work Days I Work Nights") to upbeat, but wistful resignations ("Linens"). These 11 uncluttered songs resonate all the way from the breezy, buzzing opener "Sucker" to the closing feedback of "Fire."
Water Liars formed as a serendipitous accident in the summer of 2011, when Kinkel-Schuster (vocals, guitar) and Andrew Bryant (drums, vocals) casually recorded an album's worth of songs over one weekend in Pittsboro, MS. Picked up and released by Misra Records in March 2012, this debut, Phantom Limb, quietly garnered the band praise from NPR ("...an unassuming sleeper, prone to fits of stark gorgeousness"), The AV Club ("unexpectedly lovely"), Paste, and Vice.
Wyoming track listing:
02. Fake Heat
04. Back bone
05. Cut A Line
06. How Will I Call You
08. You Work Days I Work Nights
09. Fine Arts
10. Bird Of Song