Delaire The Liar — EAT YOUR OWN — EP Review
Alternative | Hard Rock
Judging by just how fast-approaching the end of the year is, and thus a very busy time for me, this will perhaps be my final full-length review of a single project in 2021. It feels satisfying to know, however, that I am somewhat finishing the year with a bang, brought by the incredible rising stars of London-based hard rock four-piece Delaire The Liar.
Delaire The Liar was more or less a band that I had initially found out about through personal connections. Given some of their recent accolades, however, I reckon that I would’ve discovered them either way.
Most notably, Delaire The Liar and their unique brand of “emo rock” was recognised by the likes of Glasgow rock duo VUKOVI, and eventually led to Delair The Liar landing a spot as a supporting act for VUKOVI’s recent tour.
But back to the band at hand, I first got a taste of how they actually sounded back in 2020, through what was essentially a live-streamed set. When I try to recall what this was actually for, my memory does become foggy, I’d hate to admit. However, I believe it would have either been on behalf of Slam Dunk Festival or 2000 Trees.
But with what I saw from that streamed set, I was highly impressed, not only with the incredibly powerful vocals from multiple members, but also the raw sense of emotion that’s injected instrumentally.
Fast-forward to the following year of 2021, and Delaire the Liar begin to tease their sophomore EP, and the topic of this review, EAT YOUR OWN.
This was teased by a number of tracks, sparked by the first of the bunch “HALLOWEEN”. And even through the scope of the full EP, this track stands as one of the most memorable. It isn’t at all hard for this songs chorus to get stuck in my head, but it paints a bigger picture about Delaire The Liar’s overall musicality.
There’s a quality about the style that Delaire The Liar have championed, that truly demands the attention of the listener. This is an incredible quality for an EP like EAT YOUR OWN to have, especially when the narrative of the EP comes to play.
It is amazing to see Delaire the Liar tackle such a tricky subject so well, so early in to their musical career. the topic in question, revolves around suicide and suicide prevention. The EP’s opener “NO ENTRY” makes this focal point abundantly clear, with lyrics like “No one’s telling you to take your own life”, for instance.
In fact, the only track of this EP that doesn’t clearly follow this narrative pattern in my mind would be the closing track “DOG”. However, I’m definitely not out to shun that track, as I still enjoy it for the merit of being one of the tracks I remember clearly from their live-streamed performance. In addition, it definitely still fits incredibly well on the EP musically.
And while we’re on the subject of tracks, I believe that all six of them had something to contribute to the overall experience of the EP. In simple terms, no least favourites here!
If your still looking for an emotive way to end off your musical 2021, look no further than this outstanding EP, which you can definitely expect to see again, on my end of year EPs list.
Favourite Tracks: FURNACE | HALLOWEEN | DOG
Enjoyment: ★★★★ | Memorability: ★★★★★ | Atmosphere: ★★★★★
Uniqueness: ★★★★ | Satisfaction: ★★★★★ | Narrative: ★★★★★