Overtly melodramatic pop can be a drag, but the Nashville quartet Lovers and Liars do it right — which means they make it as melodramatic as possible at any given moment. Lead singer and pianist Stacy Hogan writes intricate, elusive tunes that never get too glossy, and the band's quick, light style features ringing keyboard textures and piano notes that hang in the background. Having cut their teeth on guitar-based rock, the band brings an idiosyncratic touch to classic-rock structures. Their four-part vocals may call to mind everyone from Journey to 3 Doors Down, but such tunes as “The End of History" sound pretty original and plenty conflicted about romance — which puts them squarely in a great tradition of, well, melodramatic pop. The group signed with Universal Republic early this year, and report they're working on a debut single for release next spring.