Liars Academy
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Trading My Life

No News Is Good News
Stealing From The School
September 24, 2004
This was in my Inbox this morning:

Early this Morning, Liars Academy had all their equipment stolen out of their trailer in the Roland Park area of Baltimore, MD, the band's hometown. This comes right on the heels of the release of the band's new album, Demons, and in the middle of their east coast tour. Liars Academy will be posting a complete list of the stolen equipment, which is valued in the neighborhood of $15,000, on very soon.

The band will unfortunately have to cancel their performance in New York City tonight and New Jersey tomorrow, although they still definitely plan to play their hometown Baltimore show on Saturday. A decision will be made regarding the remainder of the tour shortly.

In an effort to get Liars Academy back on their feet and out on the road, the band is accepting donations via Paypal to the account: If anyone has information or leads that they think could be helpful in any way please email
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HOME TOWN: Baltimore, MD
Ryan Shelkett (vocals/guitar)
Fred Fritz (guitar)
Chris Camden (bass)
Evan Tanner (drums)

Liars Academy boasts powerfully crafted rock n roll layered with poignant melodies, irresistible hooks and earnest lyrics - a combination all too rare in "underground" music today. In keeping with this direct musical approach, Liars Academy has built a foundation on an amazing live show, impressive early releases, growing in an organically focused manner, oblivious to trends and gimmicks. Liars Academy first showed up on the underground press radar (outside its native Baltimore, that is) with the 2001 debut release, No News Is Good News. Honing a live show and pushing one another creatively yielded a notable progression in the form of 2002's Trading My Life. Though it hinted at the band's previous formative work, the EP was clearly Liars Academy's first foray into serious songwriting and the first steps toward a singular identity. Extensive touring followed, including stints with Fairweather, Elliott and Brandtson, as well as regional appearances with Jets to Brazil, Christiansen and Bear Vs Shark throughout 2003. Triumphant performances at CMJ, New Jersey's massive Surf and Skate Fest, and Macrock have cemented the band's live reputation with an ever-expanding audience. For its sophomore album Demons, Liars Academy joined forces with producer J Robbins (Promise Ring, Jets to Brazil, Jawbox, Government Issue), bringing forth a mature and honest display the band hardly knew they had in them. Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Shelkett gives a particularly cathartic performance, exorcising ghosts and confiding innermost secrets throughout the likes of "Dying As Fast As I Can," "Microtron," "Ghosts of Baltimore" and the oddly playful "People Are Games. Autobiographical themes of despair, regret, hope and redemption abound, complementing a superlative musical performance, making Demons Liars Academy's defining release.