The Webb Brothers

...proof that grown-up trad-guitar pop needn't sound sedated and self-satisfied.

The Webb Brothers

Allegedly based on a real-life Chicago bar which employs comically dishonest marketing stunts, 'The Liar's Club' is


actually a poignant, beautifully observed ballad about denial


and self-delusion. Between crashing chords and crushing words, the Webbs anatomise a group of friends who are older, sadder and drunker than they


like to pretend - hopeful youth giving way to mid-life disappointment, boozy bravado masking bitter failure in a Swingers meets Trees Lounge way. Caustic yet vulnerable, this could be prime-time Elvis Costello or Lennon in tender mode, with shades of Evan Dando at his offhand best. It's a fantastic track too, proof that grown-up trad-guitar pop needn't sound sedated and self-satisfied.


Stephen Dalton

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