The English rock band Wire unveiled a stirring new single entitled “Nocturnal Koreans”. The unnervingly foreboding track paves the way for the upcoming mini-album set to unleash in April. Driven by deep bass and resounding electric guitars, “Nocturnal Koreans” features vocalist Colin Newman’s evocative vocals fused with an immersive, dense atmosphere.
After four influential decades in the music industry, Wire continues to evolve and expand their artistry. The London-based post-punk quartet was born in 1976 as a “musical project which treats the creative potential of a rock band as a fluid, amorphous medium”. With unique restlessness and recklessness in creativity, Wire approaches experimentalism with a constantly sharpening focus and edge.
The newly released single hints at the subtly intense and chilling material to come. Newman elaborates on the band’s novel approach with the upcoming album, Nocturnal Koreans:
The WIRE album was quite respectful of the band, and Nocturnal Koreans is less respectful of the band—or, more accurately, it’s the band being less respectful to itself — in that it’s more created in the studio, rather than recorded basically as the band played it, which was mostly the case with WIRE. A general rule for this record was: any trickery is fair game, if it makes it sound better.
Since its inception in 1976, Wire disbanded twice, in 1980 and 1992, and reformed twice, in 1985 and 2000. In 2015, the legendary band released a self-titled album and a neon-colored music video for “High”. The band is now determined not to be viewed as a legacy act, as Newman explained when he said, “The thing about classic is that nobody’s interested in the new album… Wire doesn’t feel comfortable with that. We want to be a contemporary band, and we fought very, very hard for that status. It means more to us than anything else.”