Water Liars to play at Proud Larry’s

No Original CaptionBy Sheena Barnett/Daily Journal

WATER VALLEY – Water Liars wastes no time.

Friends Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant jammed a bit, liked what they heard and formed the band, and that was in 2011. The pair released its recorded-on-a-whim first record, “Phantom Limb,” in 2012, and followed it up with its second album, “Wyoming,” in March.

Though some bands wait years between albums, the Water Valley-based band prefers a steadier, faster pace.

“It doesn’t seem odd to us, because that’s the way we are,” Kinkel-Schuster said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “We’re writing pretty regularly. It seems like the way to to things, to make things new and better. I don’t see the point in sitting around and not working.”

The guys take their time in the music, though. Water Liars creates both graceful, confessional folk tunes as well as sturdy country-rock tracks.

The stark sound of “Phantom Limb,” which was recorded with just one mic at a studio in Water Valley, is expanded on “Wyoming.” With Fat Possom’s Bruce Watson at the helm, as well as more equipment, the band was able to progress naturally.

“We started developing, and we had more time, more space, better gear to work on, and more people to bounce ideas off of,” Kinkel-Schuster said of “Wyoming.”

Fans can expect to hear tracks from both records at Water Liars’ upcoming gigs at Proud Larrys and Blue Canoe, as well as a few new songs.

True to form, Water Liars is already done recording its third record.

“It’s going really well. The songs are tracked, so the record’s basically done,” Kinkel-Schuster said. “It’s ready for mixing.”

It should be out by early 2014, he said. Like “Wyoming,” the new album will document the band’s continued development.

“We let things happen as they will,” Kinkel-Schuster said, “and it seems to work out.”


On stage

Who: Water Liars, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires

When: 9 p.m. July 25

Where: Proud Larry’s, Oxford

Cost: $8

Info: proudlarrys.com

Extra: This show is 18 and up.

Can’t make it to this show? Water Liars will perform at the Blue Canoe in Tupelo at 9 p.m. Aug. 24.

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  • Winston Smith

    The video to Wyoming is pretty amazing..