Formed in 2002, Barefaced Liar is an amalgamation of the distinct and eclectic musical taste of its members, Akshay Chowdhry (Vocals, Guitars), Sumant Balakrishnan (Guitars, Vocals) and Dushyant Purohit (Bass). The band is heavily influenced by all time classic sounds of bands and artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, SRV, Hendrix and Metallica while leaning towards a more modern sound in the style of Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, etc.
The band was forced to part ways over the course of 4 years on and off as their college education had to be taken care of. Akshay ended up getting his bachelor’s in communication from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and those years of exposure had a massive impact on his understanding of music in general. Sumant completed an LLB from Pune University and Dushyant a Bachelor of Economics from the same university.
Based out of a country and culture that is still embracing the concept of rock ‘n roll and live music, BFL has worked passionately on honing their craft in terms of combining technical skill and quality songwriting. The combination of influences backed by a loaded blues rock driven guitar style that developed over the years, led to a unique east-west dynamic that has translated into complete and relevant songwriting. Over the past few years, the band has done dozens of studio sessions that have yielded positive results- besides gaining vital experience , one of their tracks- ‘Carnation’, has been featured on several compilations in India as well as an upcoming artists compilation in Los Angeles. Two of their tracks ‘Glow’ and ‘Mirage’, have received International acclaim as ‘Semi Finalists’ from the UK Songwriters Contest for 2009 and 2010.