Charming Liars Convey Dread Of The Modern Machine In “Black Cage”

Alternative band Charming Liars have unveiled a new single, “Black Cage”. Produced by the band’s own Karnig Manoukian, “Black Cage” builds on Charming Liars’ spacious sound but approaches darker themes than they’ve covered in the past, including the double-edged sacrifices made in the name of progress.

The band shares:

‘Black Cage’ is a dark dive for us musically and thematically. It’s written as a sort of a commentary on the flaws of the modern age and the investments in blood that have aided in its creation. We feel the musical soundscapes really represent the heartbeat and dread of the machine, while the lyrics suggest we reject its predetermined routes and rewrite them.

Charming Liars began in London’s West End when guitarist Karnig Manoukian and bassist Mike Kruger were still in their teens. They started writing and playing together in a series of bands and honed their musicianship with tours up and down the U.K.  In 2013, they moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after, the two connected with vocalist Kiliyan Maguire through a mutual friend.

2019 saw them release their debut album, Thought, Flesh and Bone, a follow-up acoustic EP, Bare Bones. Singles followed in 2020, as well as their Live Sounds Of 2020 video series, which captured the energy of live shows that fans had been missing. 

In 2022, they released their third album titled Tourniquet, and toured heavily with The Struts as well as supporting Palaye Royale and White Lies. This year, they’ve also supported Against The Current in Europe and opened for US band Sleeping With Sirens up and down the UK in March 2023.

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