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Water Liars return for concert at Brass Rail

February 27, 2014

By Colin McCallister, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Feb. 27--Indie rock enthusiasts are likely familiar with the Fat Possum music label and some of its associated acts: Iggy & the Stooges, Youth Lagoon and the Water Liars, the latter of which will perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Wayne's Brass Rail.

The Water Liars, a trio from Arkansas, are currently on tour promoting their self-titled third album that was released Feb. 4 through Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum. The tour began Monday in Washington, D.C., and will finish March 15 in Arkansas.

The Water Liars have been active since 2011 and initially began as a duo with Justin Kinkel-Schuster on guitar and Andrew Bryant on drums. Their first recording, "Phantom Limb," was an impromptu product of the two friends jamming together.

The current lineup consists of Kinkel-Schuster, Bryant and G.R. Robinson on bass. The band originally met Robinson during their first tour and added him to the group in April.

They first performed at the Brass Rail in November 2012 and have returned on a few more occasions since. Kinkel-Schuster has fond memories of the band's experience at the local music hangout.

"The Brass Rail has always been extremely kind to us from the start," Kinkel-Schuster said. "The first time we rolled in there, they had our record playing on the jukebox."

The band has an easygoing attitude, and that tends to be reflected in their music, even if the lyrics can be emotionally heavy at times. Works of literature and personal experiences have been inspirations for some of the content.

During a tour, the band has to deal with equipment issues. According to Kinkel-Schuster, the musical gear they use is vintage, with little parts that can be damaged. The goal is to maintain the equipment, but things sometimes break anyway.

Nevertheless, Water Liars members look forward to tours, particularly the positive vibes from the crowd at their shows.

"It's exciting and reminds us that what we're doing is important to some people, and they get a lot out of it," Kinkel-Schuster said.


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