11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Duos that rock have been making a comeback lately, thanks partly to The Black Keys: they've inspired musicians burned out on the politics involved in keeping a large band happy. After his group Theodore called it quits, St. Louis songwriter/singer/guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster relocated to Mississippi to work with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant. Their debut album, Phantom Limb, sent them on an endless tour. Much of Wyoming feels influenced by the stint, where bizarre nights in crappy bars were the norm. If Bruce Springsteen can have Nebraska, then Water Liars can use Wyoming as a desperate end of a dream, as the title track beautifully plays out. "Fake Heat" screams in agony about a pained sexual relationship. "Linens" cruises with a country-rock lope as the harmonies reflect the ache of replaying sad and monotonous scenes and a vibrato-heavy organ adds a static touch. "How Will I Call You" features gorgeous acoustic fingerpicking. "You Work Days I Work Night" turns in a sublime, heartbreaking last dance worthy of Paul Westerberg.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Duos that rock have been making a comeback lately, thanks partly to The Black Keys: they've inspired musicians burned out on the politics involved in keeping a large band happy. After his group Theodore called it quits, St. Louis songwriter/singer/guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster relocated to Mississippi to work with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant. Their debut album, Phantom Limb, sent them on an endless tour. Much of Wyoming feels influenced by the stint, where bizarre nights in crappy bars were the norm. If Bruce Springsteen can have Nebraska, then Water Liars can use Wyoming as a desperate end of a dream, as the title track beautifully plays out. "Fake Heat" screams in agony about a pained sexual relationship. "Linens" cruises with a country-rock lope as the harmonies reflect the ache of replaying sad and monotonous scenes and a vibrato-heavy organ adds a static touch. "How Will I Call You" features gorgeous acoustic fingerpicking. "You Work Days I Work Night" turns in a sublime, heartbreaking last dance worthy of Paul Westerberg.

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About Water Liars

Coming from years in his long-running rowdy bar band Theodore, St. Louis songwriter/guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster met up with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant in Pittsboro, Mississippi, and on a whim the duo recorded some of Kinkel-Schuster's spare compositions. Mere days later, Theodore disbanded, with most of the group re-forming into a new combo called Demonlover and Kinkel-Schuster relocating to Mississippi, where he and Bryant officially formed Water Liars. The off-the-cuff recordings the duo made were cleaned up somewhat and became their debut album, Phantom Limb, released in February of 2012. The band toured constantly throughout the next year and a sophomore album, Wyoming, saw release in early 2013. More constant touring ensued, and the duo expanded to a trio with the addition of G.R. Robinson for Water Liars' self-titled third album, released in early 2014. ~ Fred Thomas

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