Sunday, February 10, 2008

Getting Lied To: Liars with No Age @ Paradise, 2/8

After catching word of Angus Andrew’s (Liars’ front man) back injury last month, many speculated whether or not Paradise’s flannel clad Allston hipsters would miss Andrew’s notorious stage antics nevertheless have a chance to see Liars play at all.

Fortunately, the show went on with the opener, No Age, an LA based lo-fi band consisting of two former members of Wives.

“I was impressed by the depth of their [No Age] performance especially without a bass,” said BU COM junior Nick Curran on his first No Age experience.

Playing tracks from their 2007 album Weirdo Rippers, and a couple of new songs, No Age’s energy got the crowd going with amazing performances of “Neck Escaper” and “Everybody’s Down.”

Liars’ set up was more reminiscent of an intimate poetry reading then a rock show with a leather chair and petit table taking the front and center. As Andrew’s emerged from the back his banter with the crowd about the Super Bowl and other Boston sports was entertaining but there was clear speculation of just how much they would be able to “Freak Out” that Friday.

Yet, by their third song “House Clouds,” off their album, Liars, it was obvious that Andrew’s possessed convulsions were out in full force. There was no question that these NYC rockers could back up one of the best album of 2007 with a jaw-dropping performance.

After “Plaster Casts of Everything,” Liars left the crowd wanting more and encored with two songs from their earlier albums reminding us all of just how good it really feels to be lied to.

--Jen Choi

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