A lifelong multi-instrumentalist musician, Dallas-born LA resident Liam Gowing put his first love on the backburner for most of the last ...
A lifelong multi-instrumentalist musician, Dallas-born LA resident Liam Gowing put his first love on the backburner for most of the last decade as he concentrated on a career in journalism, working variously for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, the A.V. Club, SPIN, Filter, Paste and the NME. But after the death of his father in late 2009, he returned to writing and recording music with renewed fervor, tackling dainty subjects like life, death, addiction, suicide, betrayal, American nationalism—and his favorite T-shirts—with a heavy dose of black humor. The resulting debut album "Drunk Sluts Forever," featuring Gowing on all the instruments and vocals, is an eclectic assemblage of aggressive melodic pop encrusted with chunks of stoner rock, psychedelic funk, surrealist disco and electronica plus a Gothic-cum-sci-fi Western instrumental, two or three classical interludes, a hip-hop influenced funeral march and even a quasi-country tune complete with a bluegrass guitar solo.