LIBERTY LIES (from l-r): Miles Bagshaw (bass/keyboards), Josh Pritchett (guitar), Shaun Richards (lead vocals), Adam Stevens (drums), Liam Billings (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
From the Black Country, alternative rock quintet Liberty Lies are celebrating ten years together in 2018.
In that time, they have released two EPs and one full-length album, supported such outfits as Shinedown, Halestorm, Rival Sons and SoiL, and their tracks have been played on radio stations worldwide, including Kerrang! and Planet Rock.
To mark such an important milestone, the Midlands five-piece have some big plans ahead, including the re-release of three of their previous songs, a UK tour supporting The Fallen State, and an eagerly-anticipated single and new album.
The band told me about all this and more when we chatted recently.
This year marks your tenth anniversary as a band. When you first started, did you ever imagine Liberty Lies would last this long?
We can’t say we ever looked that far ahead, but we all felt like we wanted this to be our life and do this for as long as we could.
We started as teenagers and just wanted to emulate some of our favourite bands, and at that time it wasn’t huge arena bands, it was the likes of Heaven’s Basement, Rattlesnake Remedy and Get Vegas, all of which are no more.
We just wanted to play to people who would listen and we cut our teeth playing covers in pubs all around the Midlands.
What have you got planned in regards to celebrations?
This year we will release our best album, we’re pretty sure of that, but we are also looking back retrospectively and doing a batch of re-releases to shine a bit of a spotlight on some of our older material that never got the media attention that we felt it should.
We have three previous releases, so we’re going to be choosing a song from each and releasing a load of new content all around that particular release. It’s going to be fun!
You’ve just re-released ‘Day In The Sun’, a single taken from your 2010 debut EP, ‘New Addiction’, and over the next two months, you will be re-releasing two other singles, one from 2013’s first album, ‘Reflections’, and the other from 2015’s second EP, ‘Fracture’. Why have you chosen those three songs in particular?
They have all been chosen for different reasons. ‘Day in the Sun’ has been somewhat of a fan favourite for a long time, but it is a track that we have ignored and neglected from our live sets. We brought it back towards the end of last year and people absolutely loved it, and we can see why now we are a bit older.
We had been desperate to remove any classic rock tag that had been associated with Liberty Lies, but as we’ve gotten older, we care less about titles, boxes and genres. We just make music, and the other two re-releases showcase how we differ.
Hopefully, as we go through the chronology of the re-releases, our fans will be able to hear our progression and growth and be prepared for what the music we’ll be bringing out in 2018 will sound like.
Was it tough for you whittling down all the tracks that you’ve written to just three?
Very tough! We have quite the back catalogue now. Trying to choose between personal favourites, songs that best fit the purpose, and a whole host of other debates. It took some time, but we got there in there end and we’re all pleased with the choices!
In May, you will be unveiling a new single, and after that, an eagerly-anticipated second full-length album. How has the recording process been for them?
We’re just over halfway through at the minute. It’s sounding great, like everyone will have come to expect from Romesh’s recordings! We still have quite a way to go, so will keep a lot under our hats for now.
We’ve introduced keyboards into our songs a lot more. Our new bassist, Miles Bagshaw, is an incredible pianist, so we’re showcasing his talents on the new album as well!
What can be expected from the single and album?
A mixture of what everybody loves about Liberty Lies and more. There are a lot of eclectic tastes thrown in there. This one really needs to do the business for us. We’ve worked so hard and we really feel like we’ve upped our game, but it is difficult to keep doing without too much of a return. We’re going to tour it into the ground and hopefully add to our constantly growing fan base.
The single is sounding huge. We have been playing it live for the last year and everybody has commented on the chorus riff. Wait until you hear the recorded version!
What would you consider to have been your main highlights of the past decade?
Releasing our debut album, ‘Reflections’, was a huge achievement. You only get one shot at releasing your first album and we’re still so proud of it. We weren’t business savvy enough to get it the traction that it deserved. We didn’t work with a PR company, so it was only really us talking about it, so as soon as we stopped, it all just disappeared.
Touring the UK and Europe with Shinedown and Halestorm was pretty amazing too. Both of those bands have grown so much since we played with them, we really appreciate how great an experience that was for us. We’d love to do that again!
How do you think you’ve changed, both musically and as people, since 2008?
Man, we have changed so much in every aspect. Musically, we have travelled from classic rock to alternative rock to just not caring and just wanting to make awesome music that we love.
As people, we were just kids starting the band. We didn’t much care for the music business, we just wanted to write songs and now we appreciate that it isn’t enough.
In 2018, band members need to have their finger on the pulse of all aspects and look at a band like a business. We found this out far too late, but we’re going to make up for it going forward!
Having had a relatively successful ten years, is there anything you haven’t achieved yet that you would like to?
We are absolutely itching to play Download. We feel like we’ve been really unlucky not to at times. Last year, there were something like 15 bands that we had played with, on every stage!
We haven’t always been the busiest, but we feel we have earned our spot over our ten years. We’ll make sure we’re in a better position for consideration going forward!
At the moment, do you see yourselves celebrating your 20th anniversary in 2028?
Maybe a reunion tour? Who knows, man. If there is a steady growth, we all love doing it and wouldn’t want to do anything else, why not? At this point, it’s all we really know, and we’d dread the idea of starting again from scratch.
If we could shift a good amount of our new album, maybe get another few awesome tours under our belt, we will feel that we’ve finally done Liberty Lies justice. We have so much unfinished business to take care of before then, though!
A NEW SINGLE WILL COME OUT IN MAY, AND THE BAND’S EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED SECOND ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.
LIBERTY LIES WILL ALSO BE SUPPORTING THE FALLEN STATE DURING THEIR UK TOUR THIS SPRING. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
MORE INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.libertyliesofficial.com