Four Letter Lie Bio:
When honesty and brazen creativity are the first bricks laid for a musical release, the bar is set for an outcome that truly delivers the message of the artist. In this case, the artist is FOUR LETTER LIE, and the result is their stunning sophomore release, What A Terrible Thing To Say. The band has managed to write a record that impresses the toughest critic – themselves - and it is on track to be named their greatest work to date.
The members of FOUR LETTER LIE began playing together in 2004. High school friends Brian Nagan (vocals), Connor Kelly (guitar), and John Waltmann (bass) knew they wanted to start a band, and rounded out their lineup with friends Kevin Skaff (vocals/guitar) and Derek Smith (drums), all from the Minneapolis area. The band quickly recorded an EP and sold over 1,500 copies on their own, which (alongside their unique screamo/ rock/pop sound) led them to stints on the Warped Tour and the Taste of Chaos in 2005. In January 2006 the band was recognized as one of the four “Unsigned Bands of the Month” in Alternative Press, adding to the list of achievements that would ultimately catch the eye of Victory Records. They joined the family shortly after.
Shortly after their signing, FOUR LETTER LIE recorded their first full-length album, Let Your Body Take Over, with producers Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria). The album, which was released in October 2006, would go on to sell over 10,000 copies and gain the band even more national recognition. Throughout the year that followed the release date, the band toured nonstop with acts like Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Static Lullaby, and Bless the Fall. In their short time together, FOUR LETTER LIE had already accomplished things other bands wish for their entire career; but still, they knew they could achieve more. “We wanted to write an album that was truly ‘us’” says Skaff. “We had spent almost every single day together touring and growing as a band since that last record. We were ready to take it to the next level.” So, that’s exactly what they set out to do: raise the bar, trump their critics and win over the ears and hearts of even more listeners.
Producer Matt Goldman (UnderOath, Copeland) welcomed FOUR LETTER LIE into his Atlanta recording studio in November 2007. The band couldn’t have been happier. “It’s nice working with a producer who cares about his projects,” Smith comments, “He definitely understood where we wanted to go with our sound.” Being hundreds of miles away from home galvanized these already hard workers to toil round the clock to accomplish their goal. Four weeks later, What A Terrible Thing To Say was complete; a darker, harder, more intimate recording that the band was finally ready to present to the masses.
February 19th, 2008 was the day FOUR LETTER LIE unveiled What A Terrible Thing To Say to the world. It’s an album that has truly made anyone who has ever questioned them forget why. The band has lent their hearts and souls to this gem, as heard on every one of the ten coming-of-age songs. As FOUR LETTER LIE state in the album’s title track, “We’ll make them wonder why we’re smiling.”