We’ve had an awesome week in Memphis, hosting tons of great bands and staying out way too late hanging out with said bands. Fareveller Music Festival is wrapping up tonight with three huge shows at Otherlands, Young Avenue Deli, and Newby’s. It’s a very eclectic line-up with too many top notch bands to name – but one group that we’ve been waiting anxiously to see is Water Liars.
The band graciously agreed to make make the long drive from Ohio to get here early enough to record three stripped down versions of songs from their new album Phantom Limb out on Misra Records. We got them to play them on the grand piano and they turned out sounding fantastic.
So, take a listen to the music, then stay tuned for our little chat about their plans for the summer and how the new record came about by accident. Then we’ll see you TONIGHT when they open for Jessica Lea Mayfield. If you have any energy left, wander down the street to Young Avenue Deli and catch the Fareveller Music Festival closing festivities with Those Darlins.
Perhaps one of the greatest albums in Misra’s canon, Water Liars’ debut was entirely unplanned. Recorded on a whim, with one microphone, the then unnamed rock band – consisting of St. Louis, MO songwriter, vocalist, guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Oxford, MS drummer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant – casually convened to play and record.
Over the course of three days, in the small milltown of Pittsboro, MS, a series of ineffable and magical recordings came together. It was one of those seemingly providential experiences – far too remarkable to be denied. Water Liars was born.