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Indie duo Water Liars formed out of friendship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Justin Kinkel-Schuster is living life like he’s in the ’60s – very minimal without a lot of technological distractions.

“We’ve got no problems and nowhere to really be right now,” he says during an interview from his Water Valley, Miss., home. “We’re also talking about putting together our next album.”

Kinkel-Schuster is half of the indie rock duo Water Liars. He and Andrew Bryant met while they were on tour with other bands and became friends. Named after the first story in Barry Hannah’s collection “Airships,” Water Liars began by accident in Pittsboro, Miss., in late 2011.

Kinkel-Schuster says he was living in St. Louis when Bryant would come through town performing with his band.

“Our bands happened to play the same show,” he says. “But it wasn’t until about two years ago that we got together and really played around with some songs. So, yes, it’s pretty much by accident that this band happened. But Andrew and I got along and realized that we wanted the same thing out of music. So we took a leap of faith and began performing and making music.”

Kinkel-Schuster says he generally writes the songs, including the structure and skeleton.

“Once I’ve got that ready to go, I’ll bring it to Andrew,” he says. “Then he puts his magic touch on it all and it works out.”

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The band is touring in support of its current album, “Wyoming.” Kinkel-Schuster says the album came together in late spring and summer of 2011. It was finished by October.

“The album came about quickly because we just stuck with what our gut was telling us,” he says. “I feel like working fast was the way we had to go. We tried not to over think anything for this album.”

Kinkel-Schuster admits that when it comes to writing, he’s not the type of person who is disciplined enough to just sit and write.

“I’ll have to wait for inspiration to hit me,” he explains. “Usually it’s when I’m doing dishes or something else. I’ve learned that I’m not the boss and I only work here. So when inspiration hits, I work quickly to capture it.”



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