Liars Academy – No News is Good News

Liars Academy
No News is Good News

Rock, pop, punk, and emo. Blah blah blah blah blah Liars Academy blah blah blah blah blah blah Baltimore, Maryland. Blah blah blah blah blah blah, No News Is Good News blah blah blah blah blah blah. No seriously, what else is there to write or say about this style of music that we all don’t already know? This debut is well produced and not without its “hooks” and moments of above-average melodic music, but there is nothing here that would have me declare Liars Academy as a ground-breaking band. However, that’s not to say that this release wouldn’t appeal to those fans of Equal Vision’s solid roster of power pop-punk (emo-lite) boy bands including Saves the Day and Fairweather, it just seems to me that Liars Academy offer little innovation to a comfortable, recognizable sound and tautological sentiment.
“Disappearing Act” starts off a full-length CD that can be virtually played from beginning to end or on “shuffle” mode with really no difference. Many of the songs sound similar to each other, and if the listener is to quickly skip back and forth between the introductory guitar of song one and song two “Kamikaze,” the comparison is almost identical. Just about every song on No News Is Good News sounds produced from a now standard, genre formula of pop-punk guitar, matching quick pace rhythm and quieter verse that leads to the always ironic upbeat, but depressive, louder chorus parts, exemplified during the lines, “Right now / I remember these things / that make me think about you / they all connect.”
This formula with slightly different X and Y variables, including an excellent low-end rumbling bass line in “Dreams in Technicolor” or more tender introduction, vocal harmonies, and more unique quiet/loud transition in “Sell Me A Minute,” often produces the same overall feel. If Ryan Shelkett (vocals, guitar), Matt Smith (bass, guitar, vocals), and Evan Tanner (drums) ever challenge themselves to write a song that doesn’t safely fall into the now redundant, but somehow appealing issue of post-relationship blues, there may be a brighter future for Liars Academy.