Armed with lyrics that reveal an old soul and trusty chords, acoustic punk troubadour Billy Liar has been making the rounds throughout the UK and Europe, bashing out singalong songs and bitter ballads in equal measure.
Unlike some contemporaries, the Edinburgh-based Billy Liar's sound draws from a wide range of influences, extending far beyond modern punk or the '77 sound. He fuses the traditional balladry of his native Scotland to punk urgency to create undeniably energetic music that's worth a second listen once you pick up the lyric sheet.
Liar's relentless songwriting and die-hard work ethic has landed him accolades from the press and some plum gigs - including a hosting spot at the 2012 Rebellion Festival's open mic stage. His fourth appearance at the festival, organisers described him as "one of the most popular acts of the last few years".
With word of Billy's raucous and rousing performances spreading across the UK, he has been invited to play Wickerman, Strummer of Love, Nice n Sleazy, Book Yer Ane Fest and Strummercamp in the past couple of years. Additionally, he has struck out across the UK and Europe, playing with Franz Nicolay, TV Smith, Oi Polloi, Thomas Truax, Beans on Toast, Kevin Seconds, Star Fucking Hipsters and Sorry and the Sinatras.
On Billy Liar's latest EP, The Ghosts of Punk Rock, the music speaks for itself. The stories show a maturation of the young punk inhabiting It Starts Here; a wiser, more world-weary observer of the human condition - but still with a sense of hope for the future.