Five-piece hard rockers Liberty Lies have just released the follow-up to their 2013 debut full-length effort, ‘Reflections’, which saw them go on tour with the likes of Magnum and Richie Kotzen. The ‘Fractures’ EP is a slice of classic rock vibes kicked up into a modern day gear, the four tracks each boast superb musician ship on every aspect; ripping dual guitar solos, and silky bass lines that lock in tightly with the crushing drumming.
Vocalist Shaun Richards has an impressive range which gets heavily shown off throughout ‘Fractures’. He has a very straight forward way of singing these songs, but straight forward in the sense that it’s delivered simply but powerfully. Its gritty nature helps cut through the rest of the band to let the melodies soar. Tracks like ‘Circles’ and ‘Undivided’, for instance, feature prime examples of how the vocals are well balanced with the rest of the band so that they can propel the melodies to their full capacity.
While the music that Liberty Lies create is skewed towards a more classic rock edge, the production on ‘Fractures’ is something very similar to the new wave of British Rock bands, like Royal Blood and You Me At Six. The EP is polished heavily, the guitars and bass are sleek and perfectly composed in their sound with no room for mistakes. To be fair, this is the way a majority of bands all over the world are following and it does work for these guys, but it would be very interesting to see them in a live recording situation.
‘Vultures’ is full of musical interplay between the band, particularly in the introduction and the instrumental sections of the song. The guitars and drums spit out call and response riffs at one another during the intro, and swiftly lead into the main portion of the track. However, it’s towards the end of the track where the riffs are set to ‘angular’, which sees the return of the call and response seen in the intro.
The title-track closes the EP with a storm of dissonant chords that segues into a fantastic chorus that is a contender for the best out of the four songs. Again, the dual guitar leads tear up the tracks with a ferocity that is probably second nature to these guys. A suitable ending for ‘Fractures’.
Written by Ewan Macdonald