AMONGST LIARS – Single Review: “Kill the Tide”

I’ve noted many times on previous posts that some of the best rock music today is coming out of the UK. Perhaps it’s the rich musical legacy, the prickly politics or even the persistently dour skies that spurs such incredible creativity, but whatever the reason, there’s no denying the consistently high quality of British rock. One of the indie bands that stands out among many for me is Amongst Liars. Their fiercely aggressive style of melodic hard rock, forged from a dynamic and colorful trifecta of alternative rock, grunge and punk, has earned them a dedicated and passionate following, me included. With support from Kerrang Radio’s Johnny Doom, Moshville, BBC Introducing and Great Music Stories, their songs have garnered airplay on local and national radio throughout the UK, and have been collectively streamed over 177,000 times on Spotify.

Based in the Brighton/Eastbourne area along the southern English coast, Amongst Liars consists of Ian George (lead vocals, guitar), Leo Burdett (guitar, backing vocals), Ross Towner (bass, backing vocals) and Adam Oarton (drums). I’ve written about them numerous times, but to recap, they formed in September 2019 from the ashes of two successful previous bands – Saint Apache and Katalina Kicks. Not only are they all highly accomplished and talented musicians, they’re nice guys too. Ian in particular has been very supportive of me and my blog, which of course makes me a loyal fan who’s more than happy to support them as much as I can.

Beginning with the release of their spectacular debut single “Over and Over” in February 2020, they’ve followed with five more singles, the latest of which is “Kill the Tide“, which dropped October 8. All six singles will be included on their forthcoming self-titled debut album, due out in Spring 2022. I’ve previously reviewed four of them – “Over and Over”, “Wolf Machine”, “Burn the Vision” and “Black Days” (you can read some of those reviews by clicking on the related links at the end of this post) – and three have charted on my Weekly Top 30. All of their songs, along with the entire album, were recorded, produced and mixed by David Radahd-Jones at Red City Recordings in Manchester. “Kill the Tide” was mastered by Grant Berry at Fader Mastering.

While they don’t consider themselves a ‘political band’ per se, Amongst Liars have been pretty outspoken on some of their songs about what’s happening in the UK and beyond. Band vocalist Ian George explained “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.” On “Wolf Machine”, they called out inept and ineffectual governments led by power hungry politicians, while “Burn the Vision” denounced those who’ve sought to profit from the misfortune of others by distorting the media with fake news to spread their own narratives and lies. “Black Days” railed against the last 10 years of Tory rule in the UK, calling out austerity measures, questionable decision making, incompetence, lies and self-serving political bias.

On “Kill the Tide”, which was the very first song they wrote together after forming in late 2019, the band reflects on their own personal traumas they experienced over the collapse of their previous bands that ultimately led up to their formation as Amongst Liars. They describe the song as an “anthem of rebirth” that tells the story of their formation and determination “to dig deep and come back even stronger.” Ian explains: “Our new single has its genesis in our beginnings, yet it also marks a new chapter for the band. Despite the enormous challenges during lockdown, we used the time to focus on our songwriting and to issue new material regularly. During this process, we found our sound, we pushed ourselves, and we grew as songwriters. ‘Kill the Tide’ marks that evolution.”

In an interview with VENTS Magazine, Ian elaborated on their experiences: “Originally I was in a band for many years that imploded in mid 2019, and was really let down over the space of six months by a succession of people I really trusted. The other guys were in a different band who had a similar experience, being let down by people too, and we kind of knew each other before that having played a show together, so I reached out, we met up and it just clicked. It’s what bonded us so quickly I think, when you go through similar things. The title for the song came from a group chat when we were looking for a band name. Someone suggested ‘Kill the Tide’, which we didn’t like as a band name, but I thought that it would make a great song title. And with that title, the lyrics for this song just flowed and came quite easily – and helped me personally move on from the past, so it was very cathartic writing it!

Tonight we’re gonna demonstrate
So long – we nearly got it right
Those eyes they want to self-assure
Your side I can’t give any more
Those lies you’re not the only one
No end without a setting sun
Alive – you’ll never take it
When your hearts not in it – your head’s on fire
For what’s it worth
This wreck of hurt
I cast it all aside
I will embrace, I will insist
You are no friend of mine
In all I am – and all I see – I’ll bring it back to life
Don’t kill the tide, don’t kill the tide

The song was originally recorded in late 2019 with a long intro, but this past April, the band asked David Radadh-Jones to cut the intro and remix the song to make it more ‘fresh’ sounding. The result is a tight, beautifully-arranged melodic track that delivers the powerful driving rhythms and fearsome riffs we’ve come to love and expect from Amongst Liars. The song begins rather tentatively, with Adam’s gentle drumbeats and Ross’s soft vocal chorus, then Ian’s raw vocals enter the proceedings as the music ramps up. At 34 seconds the songs blasts open with Leo’s heavy chugging riffs layered over Ross’s throbbing bassline and Adam’s pummeling drumbeats. Ian’s vocals rise to the occasion, displaying the spine-tingling emotional ferocity that makes him one of the finest and most exciting vocalists in rock music today. I love the contrast between his intense vocals and Ross’s gentler backing vocals in the verses. Leo lets loose with a terrific guitar solo in the final chorus that takes the song to the next level.

“Kill the Tide” is another fantastic banger, and further proof Amongst Liars are a band to be reckoned with.

The official video shows the band giving an electrifying performance of the song in a studio space at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. It was produced, directed and edited by Josh R Lewis, with assistant editing by Robert Ruardy, the same team who produce all Amongst Liars videos.

Along with “Kill the Tide”, Amongst Liars has also released an exclusive (and elusive) B-side “Crucify”, a blistering song of protest. Their raging guitars, crushing bass and thunderous drums are positively mind-blowing, and Ian’s already feral vocals sound more fearsome than ever. The track will not be available on streaming sites, but only by download for one week only, via their website at https://www.amongstliars.com/

Those of you fortunate enough to live in the UK can see Amongst Liars at one of these upcoming shows:

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Stream their music:  Spotify / Soundcloud / Apple Music
Purchase:  Amazon

Top 30 Songs for June 20-26, 2021

  1. FLATLINE – Two Feet (3)
  2. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (1)
  3. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (2)
  4. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (9)
  5. METRONOME – Polarizer (6)
  6. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (7)
  7. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (8)
  8. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (11)
  9. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (12)
  10. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  11. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (5)
  12. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (19)
  13. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (10)
  14. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (13)
  15. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (17)
  16. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (18)
  17. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (21)
  18. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (22)
  19. SINNER – Young Decades (23)
  20. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (24)
  21. BETTER – Michigander (25)
  22. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (15)
  23. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (16)
  24. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (26)
  25. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (20)
  26. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (14)
  27. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (27)
  28. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (29)
  29. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (30)
  30. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 13-19, 2021

  1. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (1)
  2. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  3. FLATLINE – Two Feet (5)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  5. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (2)
  6. METRONOME – Polarizer (7)
  7. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (8)
  8. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (10)
  9. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (21)
  10. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (9)
  11. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (12)
  12. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (13)
  13. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (11)
  14. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (6)
  15. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (16)
  16. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (17)
  17. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (18)
  18. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (19)
  19. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (20)
  20. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (14)
  21. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (23)
  22. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (24)
  23. SINNER – Young Decades (25)
  24. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (26)
  25. BETTER – Michigander (27)
  26. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (29)
  27. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (30)
  28. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (15)
  29. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (N)
  30. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 6-12, 2021

  1. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  2. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (1)
  3. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (2)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  5. FLATLINE – Two Feet (11)
  6. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (6)
  7. METRONOME – Polarizer (8)
  8. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (9)
  9. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (12)
  10. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (13)
  11. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  12. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (15)
  13. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
  14. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (7)
  15. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (5)
  16. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (17)
  17. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (18)
  18. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (20)
  19. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (21)
  20. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (22)
  21. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (28)
  22. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (10)
  23. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (24)
  24. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (25)
  25. SINNER – Young Decades (26)
  26. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (27)
  27. BETTER – Michigander (30)
  28. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (19)
  29. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (N)
  30. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 30-June 5, 2021

  1. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (2)
  2. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (1)
  3. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (7)
  5. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (4)
  6. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (8)
  7. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (6)
  8. METRONOME – Polarizer (9)
  9. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (10)
  10. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (5)
  11. FLATLINE – Two Feet (17)
  12. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (12)
  13. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (13)
  14. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  15. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (15)
  16. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
  17. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (18)
  18. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (19)
  19. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (11)
  20. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (22)
  21. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (23)
  22. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (24)
  23. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (21)
  24. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (25)
  25. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (26)
  26. SINNER – Young Decades (27)
  27. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (29)
  28. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (30)
  29. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (19)
  30. BETTER – Michigander (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 23-29, 2021

  1. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (1)
  2. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (3)
  3. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (6)
  4. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (5)
  5. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (2)
  6. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (4)
  7. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (8)
  8. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (9)
  9. METRONOME – Polarizer (10)
  10. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (11)
  11. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (7)
  12. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (13)
  13. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (14)
  14. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (15)
  15. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (16)
  16. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (17)
  17. FLATLINE – Two Feet (20)
  18. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (19)
  19. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (12)
  20. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (22)
  21. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (23)
  22. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (24)
  23. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (25)
  24. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (26)
  25. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (28)
  26. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (29)
  27. SINNER – Young Decades (30)
  28. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (21)
  29. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (N)
  30. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 16-22, 2021

  1. SHY AWAY – twenty one pilots (1)
  2. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (3)
  3. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (4)
  4. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (2)
  5. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (6)
  6. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (7)
  7. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (5)
  8. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (10)
  9. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (11)
  10. METRONOME – Polarizer (12)
  11. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (13)
  12. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (9)
  13. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (15)
  14. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (16)
  15. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (17)
  16. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (18)
  17. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (19)
  18. SLEEP – The Frontier (8)
  19. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (21)
  20. FLATLINE – Two Feet (29)
  21. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (14)
  22. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (23)
  23. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (24)
  24. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (25)
  25. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (26)
  26. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (28)
  27. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (22)
  28. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (N)
  29. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (N)
  30. SINNER – Young Decades (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 9-15, 2021

  1. SHY AWAY – twenty one pilots (6)
  2. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (1)
  3. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (4)
  4. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (5)
  5. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (3)
  6. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (8)
  7. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (10)
  8. SLEEP – The Frontier (2)
  9. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (7)
  10. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (11)
  11. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (12)
  12. METRONOME – Polarizer (13)
  13. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (14)
  14. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (9)
  15. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (18)
  16. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (19)
  17. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (20)
  18. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (24)
  19. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (25)
  20. FIRE – Two Feet (16)
  21. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (23)
  22. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (21)
  23. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (26)
  24. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (27)
  25. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (28)
  26. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (29)
  27. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (15)
  28. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (30)
  29. FLATLINE – Two Feet (N)
  30. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (17)

Top 30 Songs for May 2-8, 2021

  1. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (1)
  2. SLEEP – The Frontier (2)
  3. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (4)
  4. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (6)
  5. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (7)
  6. SHY AWAY – twenty one pilots (17)
  7. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (8)
  8. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (9)
  9. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (3)
  10. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (11)
  11. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (13)
  12. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (14)
  13. METRONOME – Polarizer (15)
  14. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (16)
  15. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (5)
  16. FIRE – Two Feet (10)
  17. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (12)
  18. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (19)
  19. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (20)
  20. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (22)
  21. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (24)
  22. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (18)
  23. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (28)
  24. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (29)
  25. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (30)
  26. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (N)
  27. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (N)
  28. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (N)
  29. TYPHOON – Royal Blood (N)
  30. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 25-May 1, 2021

  1. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (1)
  2. SLEEP – The Frontier (3)
  3. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (2)
  4. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear (6)
  5. ALL ABOUT YOU – The Knocks featuring Foster the People (4)
  6. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (9)
  7. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (11)
  8. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (8)
  9. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (12)
  10. FIRE – Two Feet (5)
  11. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (16)
  12. WAITING ON A WAR – Foo Fighters (10)
  13. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (15)
  14. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (19)
  15. METRONOME – Polarizer (20)
  16. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (26)
  17. SHY AWAY – twenty one pilots (27)
  18. BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE – Melotika (18)
  19. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (21)
  20. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (22)
  21. TIME TRAVELER – Matt Jaffe (17)
  22. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (25)
  23. LET DOWN – Michigander (7)
  24. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (23)
  25. YOU – Benny Blanco with Marshmello & Vance Joy (24)
  26. LEVITATING – Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (13)
  27. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (14) 21st week on list
  28. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (29)
  29. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (N)
  30. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (N)