This is a sound that has been eight years in the making. It took a change in band line-up— they disbanded to pursue higher education — and some growing out of Led Zeppelin, Ramones, The Sex Pistols and Greenday to get their sound right.Delhi-based band, Barefaced Liar, released their self-titled nine-track album recently and closed their multi-city tour with a live set at Hard Rock Café, Mumbai on Wednesday night. Choppy-riffed long guitar solos and periodic snares with guttural melodic vocals – Barefaced Liar is every bit your old-school classic rock band.
"When we started out in 2002, we were very sure we wanted to play music that was familiar to the ’70s and early ’80s in sound. We are all big fans of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica and Stone Temple Pilots. Our music is heavily influenced by them," explains Akshay Chowdhary, vocalist and rhythm guitarist.
Along with Sumant Balakrishnan on lead guitars and Dushyant Purohit on bass; Barefaced Liar, over the last eight years, has hit gold with their original compositions like Carnation making it to an A&R compilation released by Sony Music in USA. Their other two tracks, Glow and Mirage have got them pole position at the UK Songwriters Contest for 2009 and 2010.
Last year they also won the ibibo Rising Rock Band competition and won the opportunity to get their album recorded. “We have always been a live band. We love performing so the idea of an album was in the making, but we never really did anything about it. But when we won this competition based on an entry we had sent in, indie label Counter Culture produced our album,” adds Chowdhary.
Barefaced Liar also performed at the NH7 Weekender that concluded on Sunday in Pune, hitting on themes like unrequited love, growing-up angst and freedom. “We really like to put music first. We like to sit in various studio sessions and experiment with new techniques to add to our repertoire. Hopefully, we can keep the endearing spirit of classic rock alive,” quips Chowdhary who feels that alternative songwriting has now become mainstream. He adds, “But we still play Hendrix covers now and then. It keeps our sound rooted.”