Top 30 Songs for October 25-31, 2020

  1. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (3)
  2. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (1)
  3. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (2)
  4. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (5)
  5. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (6)
  6. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (7)
  7. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (4)
  8. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (10)
  9. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (11)
  10. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (9)
  11. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (12)
  12. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (8)
  13. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (15)
  14. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (21)
  15. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 22)
  16. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (13)
  17. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (14) 21st week on list
  18. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (19)
  19. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  20. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (23)
  21. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (24)
  22. THE LET GO – Elle King (25)
  23. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (26)
  24. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (16)
  25. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (18)
  26. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (27)
  27. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (28)
  28. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (29)
  29. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (30)
  30. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (20)

Top 30 Songs for October 18-24, 2020

  1. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (1)
  2. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (2)
  3. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (4)
  4. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (5)
  5. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (6)
  6. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (7)
  7. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (8)
  8. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (3)
  9. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (12)
  10. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (17)
  11. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (18)
  12. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (14)
  13. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (9)
  14. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (10) 20th week on list
  15. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (16)
  16. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (11)
  17. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  18. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (13)
  19. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (21)
  20. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (15)
  21. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (23)
  22. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 24)
  23. IDENTICAL – Phoenix 25)
  24. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (26)
  25. THE LET GO – Elle King (27)
  26. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (28)
  27. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (29)
  28. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (30)
  29. BEAUTIFUL ANYWAY – Judah & the Lion (N)
  30. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 11-17, 2020

  1. MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING – The Killers (3)
  2. FEEL YOU – My Morning Jacket (1)
  3. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (2)
  4. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (5)
  5. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (4)
  6. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (7)
  7. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (9)
  8. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (10)
  9. CARDIGAN – Taylor Swift (6)
  10. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (8)
  11. MY FUTURE – Billie Eilish (11)
  12. HOODIE UP – MISSIO (13)
  13. WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (15)
  14. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (16)
  15. WATERMELON SUGAR – Harry Styles (12)
  16. FAULT LINES – Callum Pitt (18)
  17. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (19)
  18. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (20)
  19. FOR SURE – Future Islands (17)
  20. BACK TO HIM – Soricah (14)
  21. FRIDAY NIGHT – Heist At Five featuring Francesca Confortini (21)
  22. HERO – Weezer (22)
  23. COME & GO – Juice WRLD & Marshmello (25)
  24. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior 26)
  25. IDENTICAL – Phoenix 27)
  26. TANGERINE – Glass Animals (28)
  27. THE LET GO – Elle King (29)
  28. AMOEBAS IN GLASS HOUSES – Moonlight Broadcast (30)
  29. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (N)
  30. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (N)

New Song of the Week – AMONGST LIARS: “Burn the Vision”

Since forming a year ago from the breakup of the bands Saint Apache and Katalina Kicks, Amongst Liars have become one of the most exciting indie acts on the British rock music scene today. Incorporating a dynamic mix of alternative rock, grunge and punk, they play a melodic and fierce style of aggressive hard rock that’s earned them a loyal and passionate following, me included. Last February, they released their spectacular debut single “Over and Over”, then followed in May with their appropriately-titled beast of a track “Wolf Machine”. (You can read my reviews by clicking on the links under “Related” at the end of his post.) Now they return with their third single “Burn the Vision“, an explosive banger which I’ve chosen as my New Song of the Week.

Based in the Brighton/Eastbourne area along the southern English coast, Amongst Liars consists of four highly accomplished musicians Ian George (lead vocals, guitar), Leo Burdett (guitar, backing vocals), Ross Towner (bass, backing vocals) and Adam Oarton (drums). While they don’t consider themselves a ‘political band’, they certainly don’t shy away from expressing their opinions and anxieties about what’s happening in the world. Band vocalist Ian George explains. “We’re not preaching at anyone or trying to change the world. We’re just saying these are the things that affect and concern us.”

In response to the ongoing political divisiveness over the past few years, which has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, a number of artists and bands have been inspired to write songs addressing those thorny issues, and Amongst Liars have been among the most outspoken. On their previous single “Wolf Machine”, Amongst Liars called out inept and ineffectual governments led by power hungry politicians. “Burn the Vision” shines a spotlight on those who have sought to profit from the misfortune of others by distorting the media with fake news to spread their own narratives and lies. The band explains: “‘Burn the Vision’ is basically about all things messed up in the world at the moment – people acting for personal gain and media distortion – no matter what side of the spectrum you are on. We all burn a vision in our heads through consumption of targeted fake news.

Well, the guys unleash their arsenal of sonic weaponry to deliver a furious onslaught of thunderous riffs and crushing rhythms befitting the searing lyrics. Amongst Liars are all great musicians, adept at pushing their respective instruments to the limit to create an explosive wall of sound, and here they excel quite nicely. Working in tandem as a force to be reckoned with, Leo and Ian shred the airwaves with jagged riffs and fuzz-coated distortion, while Ross and Adam drive the powerful rhythm forward with an intense bass line and pummeling drumbeats. It’s a thrilling, pulse-pounding ride from start to finish!

Ian summons his inner beast on vocals, nearly spitting the lyrics as he rails against a despicable leader I assume to mean Donald Trump, continuously feeding us lies: “We bow to the lies of a president / We fall to the word of the free / All down to the voice of a millionaire / That’s not so clear to see.” Ian continues with his verbal assault, fervently pleading for people to stop believing the lies and start thinking for themselves: “Burn the Vision, don’t turn / Let us decide, all for the right, stop all the lies / Not for the memory / Burn the Vision.” Regular readers of my blog know I detest President Trump, so these lyrics strongly resonate with me.

With the assistance of Josh R Lewis and Robert Ruardy, the guys have produced a powerful video to bring the song to life. “We wanted a strong visual for this, so the video plays on this idea and is tongue in cheek, featuring a man stuffing himself with junk food and fake news – the idea that people become pariahs of their own consumption.” The video shows the aforementioned couch potato sitting in a darkened room, gorging on food and watching TV while the band performs the song nearby. Ian is also shown portraying a TV news anchorman and reporter. No matter how hard he tries, the man is unable to turn off his TV or change the channel, indicating that he’s become a prisoner of both the TV and fake news.

Watch this brilliant video:

Like for all their singles, the terrific surreal artwork for “Burn the Vision” was created by the inventive artist Pierre Engelbrecht.

Follow Amongst Liars:  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream “Over & Over:  Spotify / Soundcloud / Apple Music
Purchase:  Google Play / Amazon

Top 30 Songs for May 31-June 6, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. MARIA – Two Feet (8)
8. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (6)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. HELL N BACK – Bakar (11)
11. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (9)
12. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (13)
13. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
14. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (16)
15. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (12)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (20)
17. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (21)
18. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (22)
19. RUN – Joji (19)
20. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (25)
21. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (26)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (23)
23. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (27)
24. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (17)
25. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
26. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (29)
27. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (30)
28. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
29. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (23)
30. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2QW7J2zJqnBLNGK2D4ZaHz?si=yraLo_9JQJGCXIBZPfMNUQ

Top 30 Songs for May 24-30, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (4)
6. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (7)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (8)
8. MARIA – Two Feet (9)
9. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (6)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (12)
11. HELL N BACK – Bakar (15)
12. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (10)
13. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (17)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (11)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
16. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (19)
17. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
19. RUN – Joji (20)
20. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (22)
21. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (24)
22. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (28)
23. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
24. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (27)
25. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (29)
26. EXPECTATION – Katie Pruitt (30)
27. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (N)
28. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (23)
29. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (N)
30. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mD3HBSJBxWJLKTWcABUvK?si=eLC9zLkjRXG-e1ZxX3r_fg

Top 30 Songs for May 17-23, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4)
4. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
6. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (3)
7. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
8. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (10)
9. MARIA – Two Feet (12)
10. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
11. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
12. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
15. HELL N BACK – Bakar (21)
16. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
17. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (20)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (22)
19. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (24)
20. RUN – Joji (23)
21. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (15) 22nd week on list
22. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (25)
23. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (17)
24. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (27)
25. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (18)
26. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (19)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (29)
28. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (30)
29. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (N)
30. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/040nmtq3f6k3dH0dYWgK5L?si=gPEXsaH3S1ejY82g5I-8Pg

Top 30 Songs for May 10-16, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (4)
3. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
10. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (11)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (10)
12. MARIA – Two Feet (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (17)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (18)
15. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (12) 21st week on list
16. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (19)
17. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (15)
18. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (13)
19. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (14)
20. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (22)
21. HELL N BACK – Bakar (23)
22. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (24)
23. RUN – Joji (25)
24. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (28)
26. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
27. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (30)
28. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (20)
29. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (N)
30. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (N)

For some reason, the Spotify playlist is not being displayed as it normally is, so click on link to open: 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1A5wXmwC1ZMSTlXUFcyq0q?si=zpxAyJgHQbKdWKaApzTs2A

AMONGST LIARS – Single Review: “Wolf Machine”

Amongst Liars

This past February, I introduced British rock band Amongst Liars to my readers when I reviewed their spectacular debut single “Over and Over”. The song has been streamed over 51,000 times on Spotify, and has spent more than two months on my Weekly Top 30. Based in the Brighton/Eastbourne area along the southern English coast, the band formed in September 2019 from the ashes of the bands Saint Apache and Katalina Kicks, and consists of Ian George (lead vocal, guitar), Leo Burdett (guitar, backing vocals), Ross Towner (bass, backing vocals) and Adam Oarton (drums). Drawing upon alternative rock, grunge and punk, they play a melodic and fierce style of aggressive hard rock. Now they return with their second single “Wolf Machine“, and it’s an appropriately-titled beast of a track.

While Amongst Liars don’t consider themselves a ‘political band’, they certainly don’t shy away from expressing their opinions and anxieties about what’s happening in the world. Band vocalist Ian George explains. “We’re not preaching at anyone or trying to change the world. We’re just saying these are the things that affect and concern us.” With that in mind, “Wolf Machine” speaks of “challenging those in a position of authority and power, not accepting that the hand that we’ve been dealt should define who we are, and calling out inept governments run by power-hungry politicians. The line ‘Bring down the wolf machine’ chanted throughout the song resonates with so many of our world’s population, who are tired of the ‘same old’ mentality.

True to their hard rock roots, the guys deliver a volley of furious riffs, crushing bass and smashing drums to create a thunderous wall of sound. All experienced musicians, Amongst Liars are adept at pushing their respective instruments to their limits to achieve the heaviest sound possible, without going overboard. The result is a relentless barrage of intense, chest-thumping grooves that are the very definition of rock. Then there’s Ian’s raw and powerful vocals that perfectly fit both the hard-hitting music and song message. He sounds downright feral as he snarls the searing lyrics.

Count your blessings watch the other run
No one to listen? learn your lesson?
Blame the government
Turn the summer, to the rain and cold
Keep it close to your heart
Cash your life in before it’s sold

Just you try and stop us
Time to lock and load, now we’re letting go
Don’t get me wrong, I never needed you
Chase your shadow
They bleed and die for you

In this desert, we are the trees
I’m waiting patiently, will you take me please
I’m alive, not sad to see you go
I hope we make it back
Before it’s overgrown

Just you try and stop us
Time to lock and load, now we’re letting go
Don’t get me wrong, I never needed you
Chase your shadow
They bleed and die for you

Yeah

Bring it down
Bring it down
Bring it down
Bring it down
Bring it down

Bring down the wolf machine
Bring down the wolf machine
Bring down the wolf machine
Bring down the wolf

The fascinating and provocative artwork for the single was created by Pierre Engelbrecht.

Follow Amongst Liars:  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream “Over & Over:  Spotify / Soundcloud / Apple Music
Purchase:  Google Play / Amazon

Top 30 Songs for May 3-9, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (25)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (14)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (9)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (10)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (12)
10. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
11. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (13)
12. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4) 20th week on list
13. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (5)
14. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (6)
15. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (8)
16. MARIA – Two Feet (17)
17. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
18. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (19)
19. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (20)
20. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (15)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
22. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (23)
23. HELL N BACK – Bakar (24)
24. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (26)
25. RUN – Joji (27)
26. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – KennyHoopla (29)
27. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (16) 18th week on list
28. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (30)
29. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (22)
30. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (N)