Based out of Houston and made up of former members of Gun Crazy, the Born Liars offer straight ahead, punked-up, Stonesy rock and roll, mixing the cruder elements of 60s garage rock with 70s punk rock.
This is great! 11 tracks, hard to describe. Like early Chiswick Records in a way; a little mod rock, a big dose of rock n’ roll ala Chuck Berry, punk rawk like Johnny Thunders; If you are a fan of Punk rawk n’ roll, or garage rock with a heavy dose of punk or punk rock with a good dose of mod rock then get this!
About time a band came along that was wildly inspired by Boston`s The Real Kids! Born Liars is. Bless `em to rock`n roll heaven!
Houston’s Born Liars’ debut is a guitar lover’s dream, six-stringers Jimmy Sanchez and Geoffrey Muller way up in the mix and mugging for the camera, chopping, chording, and flailing their merry way through 11 sweaty tracks like the bastard love children of Wilko Johnson, Johnny Thunders, and Link Wray. Speaking of Johnson, they turn in an oily, righteous cover of Dr. Feelgood’s “She Does It Right.
“Finger Poppin” and “Room to Move” amount to what some may view as battles of one-upmanship, but the results are liberating to say the least, chunky, determined, fully formed, and slashing, burning, and scorching anything in their way. If the Born Liars don’t inspire you to smoke, drink, and hunt for the truth, check that you’re not wearing slippers and smoking a pipe.
Four and 2/3 Rolling Rocks (outta five)
Damn, this has been a really good year for punk rock! Lots of great albums have come out in '06, and The Born Liars' debut is one of the very best. What a terrific, satisfyingly basic blast of punk rock n' roll! This Houston group, featuring former members of Gun Crazy, hits the bulls-eye right between the Heartbreakers and Real Kids. The songs are really catchy (almost poppy), and they find that perfect groove between dive bar garage rock and simple Stonesy punk.
"Make Up Your Mind" and "Talk To Me" are the real standouts, but there honestly isn't a bad song in the bunch. No attempts at originality or sophistication are made. These guys tear into one killer song after another, and they really are good enough to pull it off. This is the kind of disc I love to pop into my car player - I just push play and enjoy myself. I know a lot of you may be a little tired of bands of this type - but the Born Liars are definitely one of the best punk n' roll groups I've heard in recent years. And top-drawer covers of Dr. Feelgood and Ike & Tina demonstrate that the Born Liars are far more than just another bunch of Johnny Thunders disciples.
Excellent, hooky songs, good singin', smokin' lead guitars...What's not to love? Just a super debut!
Lord Rutledge – Now Wave Zine (December 1 2006)
This Houston group, featuring former members of Gun Crazy, hits the bulls-eye right between the Heartbreakers and Real Kids. The songs are really catchy (almost poppy), and they find that perfect groove between dive bar garage rock and simple Stonesy punk.