Liars’ Angus Andrew – Pieces Of Me

The Liars frontman guides us through the cultural pointers and debauched beach parties that made him the man he is today.

My first album
Various – ‘Throbbin’ 84’
“It was an Australian compilation with a lot of awesome stuff like Van Halen, The Cure, Michael Jackson and INXS. I wanted to buy the first Cyndi Lauper album, but I realised that this had more bang for the buck.”

First song I fell in love with
The Cure – ‘Pictures Of You’
“This came out when I was going out with my first ever girlfriend and it was the be-all-and-end-all of pulling at the heart strings and throwing them around the room.”

My favourite lyric
Syd Barrett – ‘Terrapin’
“Well, oh baby, my hair’s on end about you”. “I don’t try to emulate Syd. We did try songwriting on acid once – I was just laughing and throwing myself into the drumkit.”

My favourite album
PJ Harvey – ‘Is This Desire?’
“I always come back to this because it covers so many styles and creates so many sounds. There are sounds on it that I heard in 1998 that I’ve still not been able to recreate.”

The most inspiring gig
Blonde Redhead in NYC, 2001
“I saw a couple of songs and it was so powerful I had to leave and get to work. The solidity of it knocked me down and I felt like I wasn’t worthy of watching the rest of it.”

The book that changed me
Puberty Blues by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette
“It’s about two teenage girls growing up in Sydney and for me it uncovered all those secrets you wish your older sisters had told you about sex, drugs, cheating at exams and where to smoke cigarettes at school.”

My favourite piece of art
Bits & Pieces Put Together To Present A Semblance Of A Whole, By Lawrence Weiner
“It’s just these words written on a wall. The idea is that things don’t need to be made. It was really influential as a basic principle for me. It’s the idea, not the work of art, that’s important.”

My style icon
Alan Vega, Suicide
“He’s a cool guy. He’s not a young lad but when I met him he was wearing silver basketball boots, a tracksuit, leather jacket and sunglasses. That’s how I want to look when I’m the same age as him.”

Right now I love
Factory Floor
“This band are amazing. I actually did a remix of ‘A Wooden Box’ for them. It’s got this whole Underworld vibe to it which I really like.”

My favourite place
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
“When I was younger you were allowed to have bonfires and drink on the beach and it would turn into a complete bloody zoo. I had my first sexual encounters on the beach. It’s really easy to end up living there – cheap wine and a three-day growth.”