REVIEW: Lié – Hounds

Cover art of Hounds by LiéRelease date: July 6, 2018

Lié has always been a band with a message, as on 2014’s Consent (recently reissued on cassette by Mint Records), and the band’s latest release is no different. Like Consent, social issues are front and centre on Hounds, which is Lié’s third LP. In an interview with Post-Trash, the band explains what it hopes to achieve with its music:

We want people to move, to feel inspired, to be excited. We are hoping to inspire a reaction that challenges oppressive structures, and fuels change.”

Lié describes its music as “cold-punk,” a label that is accurate in many ways but also belies the band’s white-hot intensity. Punk is often fuelled by anger, and with this record, Lié ensures that is a righteous rage channelled in a meaningful direction.

While the band’s sound remains consistent with its previous album, on Hounds, the anger feels dialled-up — more immediate. Built upon the foundation of Kati J’s powerful, aggressive drumming, it is music you can’t ignore. Joining Kati’s d-beat-esque skin-pounding is the angular guitar of Ashlee Lúk — who also contributes vocals — and the growling bass of Brittany West.

Hounds is a visceral record which sees the band rail against traditional social structures in the form of tight, jarring punk music. The wailing feedback and ominous guitar with which Hounds opens really set the tone for this record.

This is about as far from easy-listening as you can get. Both sonically and thematically, Hounds is an intense experience which deserves your full attention. Soak it in.

Hounds by Lié is out on July 6 via Mint Records/Monofonus Press. Snag it on cassette or red vinyl via the Mint Records store, or head over to Bandcamp for a digital download.

Join Lié for the Hounds record release show on Saturday (July 7) at 333!, or check out the menacing video for ‘Fill It Up’ below.