WIRE – “NOCTURNAL KOREANS”
Following the release of their self-titled album last year, Wire return with news of their new mini album Nocturnal Koreans, due April 29th via Pinkflag.
Chronicling a sleepless night that Wire spent in a seedy Boston-area hotel on their 2013 US tour, the title track “Nocturnal Koreans” is the kind of charging, urgent post-punk tune that’s always been Colin Newman’s forte. Lead single “Nocturnal Koreans” is striking in its diversity, the band fluently negotiating an expansive stylistic range, from immensely catchy pop to ambient introspection and beyond. Bassist Graham Lewis’s lyrics make this one of guitarist Matthew Simms’s favorites on the record, largely because of the associated memories: “It’s a great snapshot of touring America, and when I hear or play that song, it reminds me of the many weird and wonderful times, places and people that cross your path.”
Having completed a preliminary round of work on their eponymous 2015 album at Rockfield Studios, Wire found themselves with 19 tracks. Among them, there was a critical mass of 11 aesthetically unified songs, which made up the WIRE album. In typical Wire fashion, however, the remaining material was something other: it had the sound of a band already moving in a different direction, beyond the album project in which they were engaged at that time. These tracks were the basis for Nocturnal Koreans.
03.10 – Lewes, UK @ Con Club
03.11 – Bath, UK @ Komedia
03.12 – Manchester, UK @ Cosmosis Festival,
04.22 – 04.24 – Prestatyn, UK @ ATP curated by Drive Like Jehu
04.27- 04.29 – Madrid, Spain @ GetMAD! Festival
Release Date: April 29, 2016
1. Nocturnal Koreans
2. Internal Exile
3. Dead Weight
4. Forward Position
7. Pilgrim Trade
8. Fishes Bones