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 BEST FRIEND’S EX – 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 BEST FRIEND’S EX – 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)

Top 30 Songs for April 18-24, 2021

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

Top 30 Songs for April 11-17, 2021

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

AMONGST LIARS – Single Review: “Black Days”

One of my favorite new* acts to emerge in 2020 was British rock band Amongst Liars. I placed an asterisk by their name because, while the band was technically new, each of its members are all seasoned musicians who came together after the breakup of their previous bands Saint Apache and Katalina Kicks. Thus, they had the advantage of starting out with a built-in following that’s grown exponentially since their rebirth. In little more than a year, Amongst Liars have written and recorded 18 songs, including their debut album to be released later this year.

They released four of those songs as singles in 2020, beginning in February with their spectacular debut “Over and Over”, followed by “Wolf Machine”, “Burn the Vision”, and “Mind”. I wrote about three of those singles on this blog, which you can read by clicking on the related links at the end of this post. I like their music so much that two of their singles – “Over and Over” and “Burn the Vision” – ended up on my Top 100 Songs of 2020 list. Now the guys are back with their fifth single “Black Days“, delivering more of the fiercely aggressive hard rock and in-your-face lyrics we’ve come to expect from them. The track was produced, mixed & mastered by David Radahd-Jones at Red City Recordings in Manchester.

Based in the Brighton/Eastbourne area, Amongst Liars consists of Ian George (lead vocals, guitar), Leo Burdett (guitar, backing vocals), Ross Towner (bass, backing vocals) and Adam Oarton (drums). Not only are they all highly accomplished and talented musicians, they’re nice guys too. And while they don’t consider themselves a political band per se, they haven’t shied away from expressing their opinions and anxieties about what’s been happening in the world. On “Burn the Vision” for example, the band took aim at political leaders who’ve sought to profit from the misfortune of others by distorting the media with fake news to spread their own narratives and lies. With “Black Days”, the band launches a full frontal assault on the last 10 years of Tory rule in the UK, calling out austerity measures, questionable decision making, incompetence, lies and self-serving political bias.

The band further elaborates: ”The last 10 years have seen some really despicable and self-serving politics in the U.K, which have caused huge division across the country, with hardship, suffering and ultimately many deaths amongst some of the most vulnerable people in society. Even in the last year there has been a huge contradiction in the approach to dealing with Covid and a large number of people still remain excluded from help and support. It just seems to be one thing after another, with nepotism, cronyism, greed and a ‘one rule for them, another for us’ mentality – and no accountability for government actions at all. This song reflects our frustration, and we had to release ‘Black Days’ as a commentary on everything happening and the desperation that a lot of people have felt during the last 10 years. The black days and the fires we sing about are both caused and fueled by the very people voted in to supposedly protect and develop a healthy society.

Amongst Liars always push their respective instruments to the breaking point in the creation of their signature explosive wall of sound, and they don’t disappoint on “Black Days”. The song opens ominously, with sounds of a buzzing alarm announcing an unfolding crisis, then Ian’s fearsome vocals enter as he wails at the top of his lungs “Black days are here now! Start the fire, burn it out!” From there, the guys deliver an unrelenting onslaught of shredded guitars and thunderous rhythms, laying waste to the airwaves like a rampaging sonic beast. They fully channel the strong sense of anger and frustration expressed in their searing lyrics into their music with a ferocity that’s positively mind-blowing in its intensity and raw power. As I’ve noted on my reviews of their previous songs, Ian’s a literal beast on vocals as he unleashes a full-throated denunciation of our failed and duplicitous leaders. It all makes for an electrifying, cathartic and highly satisfying listening experience.

The provocative and sometimes disturbing video shows footage of leaders like Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, juxtaposed with scenes of political protests and violence, patients dying of Covid, and vintage footage of nuclear explosions. It was produced, directed and edited by Josh R Lewis, with assistant editing by Robert Ruardy.

Like for all their singles, the terrific surreal artwork for “Black Days” was created by the artist Pierre Engelbrecht.

Follow Amongst Liars:  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream their music:  Spotify / Soundcloud / Apple Music
Purchase:  Amazon

Top 30 Songs for January 10-16, 2021

  1. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (1)
  2. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (2)
  3. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (4)
  4. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (5)
  5. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (6)
  6. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (9)
  7. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (7)
  8. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (3)
  9. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (10)
  10. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (11)
  11. DIRTY – grandson (14)
  12. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (15)
  13. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (16)
  14. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (17)
  15. 1ST TIME – Bakar (18)
  16. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (8)
  17. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (12) 20th week on list
  18. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (13)
  19. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (23)
  20. SOFIA – Clairo (24)
  21. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (22)
  22. COLD – Chris Stapleton (30)
  23. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (25)
  24. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (27)
  25. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (19)
  26. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (28)
  27. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (29)
  28. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (20)
  29. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (21)
  30. SLEEP – The Frontier (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 3-9, 2021

  1. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (2)
  2. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (1)
  3. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (3)
  4. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (5)
  5. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (6)
  6. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (7)
  7. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (10)
  8. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (4)
  9. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (14)
  10. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (12)
  11. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (13)
  12. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (8)
  13. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (9)
  14. DIRTY – grandson (17)
  15. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (18)
  16. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (19)
  17. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (20)
  18. 1ST TIME – Bakar (23)
  19. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (11)
  20. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (15)
  21. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (16)
  22. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (23)
  23. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (24)
  24. SOFIA – Clairo (26)
  25. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (27)
  26. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (22)
  27. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (28)
  28. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (29)
  29. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (30)
  30. COLD – Chris Stapleton (N)

Top 30 Songs for Dec. 27, 2020-Jan. 2, 2021

  1. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (1)
  2. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (4)
  3. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (3)
  4. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (2)
  5. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (8)
  6. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (9)
  7. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (10)
  8. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (5)
  9. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (6)
  10. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (16)
  11. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (7)
  12. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (14)
  13. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (15)
  14. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (19)
  15. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (11)
  16. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (12)
  17. DIRTY – grandson (18)
  18. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (20)
  19. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (21)
  20. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (22)
  21. 1ST TIME – Bakar (23)
  22. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (13)
  23. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (25)
  24. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (26)
  25. NERVOUS – Au Gres (17)
  26. SOFIA – Clairo (29)
  27. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (30)
  28. BROKEN PEOPLE – almost monday (N)
  29. MY WAY, SOON – Greta Van Fleet (N)
  30. SATISFIED – Skar de Line (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 20-26, 2020

  1. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (2)
  2. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (1)
  3. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (6)
  4. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (7)
  5. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (3)
  6. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (4)
  7. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (5)
  8. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (9)
  9. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (10)
  10. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (11)
  11. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (8)
  12. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (12)
  13. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (13)
  14. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (15)
  15. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (16)
  16. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (17)
  17. NERVOUS – Au Gres (18)
  18. DIRTY – grandson (19)
  19. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (20)
  20. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (23)
  21. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (24)
  22. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (25)
  23. 1ST TIME – Bakar (27)
  24. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (14) 21st week on list
  25. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (26)
  26. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (28)
  27. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (21)
  28. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (22)
  29. SOFIA – Clairo (N)
  30. HEADSTART – Jade Bird (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 13-19, 2020

  1. ARE YOU BORED YET? – Wallows featuring Clairo (1)
  2. MARIPOSA – Peach Tree Rascals (4)
  3. IS IT TRUE – Tame Impala (2)
  4. BLOODY VALENTINE – Machine Gun Kelly (3)
  5. MOOD – 24kGoldn featuring iann dior (5)
  6. VISITOR – Of Monsters and Men (7)
  7. CAN I BELIEVE YOU – Fleet Foxes (8)
  8. IDENTICAL – Phoenix (6)
  9. VIRUS – Vanity Fear (10)
  10. THINK I’M CRAZY – Two Feet (12)
  11. FIRE FOR YOU – Cannons (11)
  12. BURN THE VISION – Amongst Liars (13)
  13. LETTER TO YOU – Bruce Springsteen (14)
  14. DOWNS – Roadkeeper (9) 20th week on list
  15. SKIN AND BONES – Cage the Elephant (17)
  16. TROUBLE’S COMING – Royal Blood (18)
  17. SHAME SHAME – Foo Fighters (19)
  18. NERVOUS – Au Gres (20)
  19. DIRTY – grandson (21)
  20. CAN YOU FEEL THE SUN – MISSIO (22)
  21. GIANTS – Dermot Kennedy (15)
  22. COME & GO – Juice WRLD featuring Marshmello (16)
  23. LEAVE ME ALONE – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (25)
  24. THEREFORE I AM – Billie Eilish (26)
  25. HEAT WAVES – Glass Animals (27)
  26. SURVIVIN’ – Bastille (28)
  27. 1ST TIME – Bakar (29)
  28. THE ADULTS ARE TALKING – The Strokes (30)
  29. CAN I CALL YOU TONIGHT? – Dayglow (23) 22nd week on list
  30. THE LET GO – Elle King (24)

Either WordPress or Spotify are being dicey, so the songs on this playlist may not be playable in certain countries.