“Your music will set you apart for sure, Liam.” – fellow musician at Reverbnation
Hi, I’m Liam Marcus Torres, the founder of Alien Country, a Florida band making lively Modern Country Rock with a sci-fi edge.
I began my love of music with the piano when I was eight years old, and enjoyed the great composers of the Baroque through Contemporary periods.
At the age of thirteen I began my obsession with the electric guitar and practiced passionately for five or more hours every day of the week.
I was a determined pup and set out to reach the standards set by Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vivian Campbell, Randy Rhoads, George Lynch, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and other rock, blues, and jazz guitar greats.
While earning my Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from a Florida university, I performed in multiple projects including my own original compositions, Billboard Top 40 songs, Alternative, Jazz, Montuno, Hard Rock and Metal.
Over the years I studied under well-known artists like Bobbi Evors, Tom Hess, and more. I started my own music education business and taught tens of thousands of lessons to great people of all ages and walks of life.
I prefer the Modern Country Rock genre because it is outstandingly fun to play on the guitar, but like Jazz, it offers a great deal of complexity. I’m particularly fond of the standard country guitar twang because it’s challenging but super fun.
What makes Alien Country’s music a bit different is how I used my influences. From Iron Maiden to Bruce Springsteen, from the Beatles to U2, I brings more musical intricacies to the songs than mainstream country.
I even dare to use unorthodox instruments like the ukulele and theremin, all while staying true to the familiar heart and soul of country music. I formed Alien Country in 2013 and have performed around my hometown of Tampa and all across Florida.
The Alien Country name comes from multiple sources, especially from my love of all things science fiction. When you combine country music with how much I like sci-fi, well, the name Alien Country just fits like your favorite pair of jeans.
Another source is the name of each territory comprising the United States of America. For example, Florida is considered a country according to international law and the laws of nations. The “Alien” comes from the fact each state is alien to its original or pre-1868 state thus alien to itself and, as many jurists, historians, legal experts, judges and Congressional representatives have indicated, to the founding fathers’ view on the guaranteed “Republican Form of Government”.
I’m a home-schooling dad of six who hopes to write music for a living for the rest of my life. I believe fun is at the heart of country music and bring that out in each of Alien Country’s songs.
I want my fans to have fun. Even if you’re having a bad day, I hope to put a smile on your face and get ya tappin’ your toes. I hope to create a culture centered around my special brand of modern country rock and want my fans to feel that my music is magical and can lift them up to new levels of pleasure.
I’m just a down to earth guitar picker, not some stuffy country star who doesn’t care about you. I want to hear your opinions, chat about music, swap redneck jokes, and speak geek about all things sci-fi so drop me a line anytime – I will respond!