Despite briefly being caught up in the post-Strokes New York guitar revival shortly after the turn of the Millennium, Liars have constantly innovated, shifted, and as such existed in their own often spooky world. That in 2013 they remain a powerful cult force is testament to the uniqueness that has earned them legions of loyal fans - with each album release their stock bulges larger, with their 2012 album WIXIW arguably their nadir so far.

It's promising, then, to hear that they have chosen to follow it up semi-swiftly with their as-yet untitled seventh album, due to come out in March 2014. Surely to be followed up by the release of tickets for upcoming concerts. Little is known about the record so far, despite the band posting up a few typically obscure teaser videos online recently. The band have, however, said it work on the new album has been, "Immediate, fun, instinctual and confident," which, admittedly, doesn't really give us much of an idea of what to expect. Their last album was a record born of vastly varied influences, so it'll be interesting to see what swerves they've taken this time round. But with WIXIW still lodged firmly in the brains of many, here's a look at four of its key inspirations.


Experimental musician Boyd Rice, who records under the name NON, has been cited as an influence on the record, specifically a collaboration he did with Frank Tovey, aka Fad Gadget, named 'Easy Listening for the Hard of Hearing'. Liars band member Aaron Hemphil said delving into that record and others in the Mute Records back catalogue, "Inspired us to use more electronic instruments." He added of that album: "It's really beautiful, and they made it in the studio without any instruments apparently, just made it on the spot."


This particular genre is an unsurprising influence on the New Yorkers, perhaps, considering the harsh, industrial-sounding music Liars often produce. However, Hemphil has suggested that the band looked to Can, rather than the most prominent krautrock forefathers Kraftwerk, for influence when they were crafting WIXIW. "There's a huge studio component to what formed Can's records, much like dub," Hemphil has said. "Dub is very organic, but it's altered in the studio. It was a signpost for things to come, where a lot of music could be finished work or composed without holding an instrument."


With their genre twists and love of pounding, experimental dance music, the more 'out there' edges of Radiohead's back catalogue would certainly seem a likely influence on Liars. Yet while they have said that the Oxford band's difficult but rewarding album Kid A had a big impact on them, they see poppier moments such as their The Bends album as more in line with what they're trying to achieve with their own music. Hemphil has said of 'The Bends': "I feel like that album is pretty straightforward pop songs and I think for us that's a challenge to make something that attempts to be poppy. That's a frightening thing for us to do that."


The band have said that Radiohead's more direct moments influence them more than their weird moments, but the opposite is true with regards to Prince. Hemphil has cited the purple one's difficult yet stunning Parade as his favourite Prince album ahead of his more mainstream efforts. "There's so many weird tracks," he says. "I understand that's a controversial choice, but it's so eclectic, it's a really bizarre record." He namechecks 'Kiss', 'Anotherloverholenyohead' and 'Sometimes It Snows in April' as the tracks that left the longest-lasting marks.