Frontman Kiliyan Maguire says: “While "Time to Start” ushers in our new LP "Thought, Flesh and Bone", it also serves as the final installment to our video trilogy "Spoon" which was filmed on location in New Orleans. At its root “Time to Start” grows from the same strange water that feeds any new beginning. It’s a highway ghost story about the phantoms that follow when you refuse to bury your past or your past self”. The Spoon trilogy includes previously released videos "Like A Drug" and "Insomnia". The short film that makes up all 3 videos, directed by critically acclaimed Phillip Lopez, has been submitted for Short form consideration at several high-profile film festivals, including Sundance 2019.
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. They have been endorsed by no less an icon than Sir Elton John, who has played the band's music on his Apple Music "Rocket Hour" show.
The band has previously released a couple of EP's. 2016 saw their single "Soul" reach number #40 on the Alternative Radio Charts and the 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" and the spring of 2018 with "Like A Drug". "Something Dark" was released in September of 2018 and continued building upon their foundation at Alternative Radio.
They have built a following with constant touring, and have played across the entire U.S. as well as South America, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil. Their touring resume includes recent stints with Dorothy and Welshly Arms. They have also played on the Uproar tour, as well as opening for Night Riots, Kings of Leon, Weezer, and Jack White.
Charming Liars is:
Kiliyan Maguire - Vocals
Karnig Manoukian - Guitar, Production
Mike Kruger - Bass