Los Angeles by way of London Alternative Band Charming Liars have been building steadily since their inception. The band has been endorsed by no less an icon than Sir Elton John, who has featured the band's songs on his Apple Music "Rocket Hour" radio show. They have toured with a diverse array of acts such as Jane's Addiction, Night Riots, New Politics and You Me at Six. They are no strangers to big stages and have played at festivals both in and outside the U.S. With the upcoming release of addictive new single "Like A Drug" on April 6th through Chartmaker Inc., and an LP of new material in late June - the band is prepared to have a breakthrough year in 2018.
Charming Liars evolution began in London's West End when Karnig and Mike were still in their teens. They both came from homes with wide ranging and eclectic musical tastes, and that early exposure informed their approach to making music. They started writing and playing together in a series of bands and honed their musicianship with several tours up and down the U.K. In 2013 they decided to make the move to Los Angeles, in part spurred on by an encouraging social media message from songwriter and producer John Feldmann (Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182) – who told them to look him up for a songwriting session if they were ever in town. They connected with Kiliyan through a mutual friend while he was attending The Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Through initial conversations that lead to songwriting and then recording sessions – the 3 realized that they had an organic musical chemistry that would lead to interesting possibilities. The current line-up was solidified.
Inspired by Alternative and Rock giants like U2, The Police, and Linkin Park, among others - the band pays tribute to their roots while carving out their own unique Alt.Pop sound. "We want to have a big effect on music listeners around the world," Karnig says, "whether it be through the feeling of the music, lyrical content, ideals or even simply friendship". Mike adds "We're most content when we get the opportunity to play the songs we wrote in a live setting. We take great pride in crafting our live show to reflect the recordings we so diligently work on in the studio, to really connect with our fans".
Having released a couple EP's since their arrival in the states, 2016 saw the release of their single "Soul" which reached number #40 on the Alternative Radio Charts and who's video has over 600,000 views on Youtube. A cover of Sir Elton's "I'm Still Standing" was released in the spring of 2017 in conjunction with the Grammy organization's MusiCares arm. The band continued to make inroads @ Alternative radio in the fall of 2017 with "Insomnia", which is still getting residual play at the format.
They have built a following with constant touring, and have played across the entire as well as South America, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil. Their touring resume includes the Uproar tour, as well as opening for Night Riots, Kings of Leon, Weezer, and Jack White. To support the new "Like A Drug" single, tour dates are being booked for the summer.
Charming Liars is:
Kiliyan Maguire - Vocals
Karnig Manoukian - Guitar, Production
Mike Kruger - Bass