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Pushing ‘play’ on a Young Liars track is equivalent to opening the door to a dance party where no one chooses to stay on the sidelines. “We really want our music to be really fun live,” singer/guitarist Jordan Raine tells CMJ from the band’s hometown of Vancouver. With all members having been in various bands before uniting as Young Liars, the five-piece formed last April after their previous projects had dissolved. “We started jamming and good things started happening.”

Coming together over a love of guitar pedals, the group wants to create music that their listeners can dance to. “It’s indie electronic music, but with a bunch of real instruments shoved in there too,” explains Raine. The members draw on their individual experience and tastes, and work on music via a collaborative process. Raine, guitarist Angelo Ismirnioglou and synth player Wesley Nickel come up with sketches of song ideas, share them with the group electronically, and then “jam them out” by adding Tyler Badali’s drums and Andrew Beck’s bass.

As they aim to keep their music fun in a live setting, Young Liars is also hoping to tour down the west cost this summer. “We all really enjoy going to live shows,” said Raine, who along with the rest of the band opts for music he can move to with a steady beat. The group plans to release an EP on February 24 that will include its currently released tracks “Marathon” and “Colours.”

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