Water Liars return to Fayetteville Thursday night

Water Liars (from left) Justin (Pete) Kinkel-Schuster, Andrew Bryant and GR Robinson, performing in June at Nighbird Books.

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One of our favorite bands returns to Fayetteville this evening for a show on Dickson Street.

Mississippi’s Water Liars are set to perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Phoenix.

The band’s debut album Phantom Limb garnered plenty of praise from the likes of NPR, AV Club, Paste and Vice, but it was last year’s followup Wyoming that became an instant classic.

For that album, Justin (Pete) Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant perfected their recipe that mixes beautiful harmonies and melodies with the occasional sludgy rock riff, all built around the kind of lyrics that speak for you instead of to you. Best of all, and like any great album, Wyoming is a collection of songs that you feel like you already know the first time you hear them.

The band, which recently became a trio after the addition of GR Robinson on bass, is prepping for their third album, recorded at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, Miss.

The small studio is the private recording space of producer Bruce Watson, who’s spent 20 years working with folks like R.L. Burnside, Jr. Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, A.A. Bondy, Iggy and the Stooges, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Heartless Bastards and countless others.

The band was last in town in June for an intimate performance at Nightbird Books, and will be back Nov. 15 for a show at The Lightbulb Club. See them while you still can.

Here’s a taste:

Water Liars – “Linens”

Water Liars – “Backbone”