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Liars’ recent album ‘Mess’ polarised opinions in our generally Liars-sympathetic office, with certain members of our number being put off by the stomping Laibach/Rammstein-ish industrial electro-rock sheen that represents their latest incarnation. I’m not too fussed though, surely part of the fun with this band is that you never know what they’re going to reinvent themselves as next, kind of like Doctor Who. I mean John Hurt, who saw that coming?
Anyway, this 12” has six tracks, the face-crunching robot monster of ‘Pro Anti Anti’ itself, a strangely Europop-inflected newie called ‘Waste Fraud’ full of bleepy synth loops and sinister buzzing drones, and then four remixes of the lead track. That’s all well and good if you intend to play one of these mixes in a club, but as a listening experience I do struggle with these remix 12”s that just give you the same song over and over.
Thankfully they do at least all sound different. The most notable one has to be the Factory Floor (GG/NV) Remix, which deconstructs it into a dystopian technoid throb with twitching static and complex, relentlessly looping rhythms. Truss’s panicky blown-out industrial techno mix is satisfyingly far removed from the source material too, though, and the closing Nest Of Teens remix turns it into a muddy ghost-march full of Hawkwind whooshes and indistinct vocal throbs.
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