Legendary post-punks Wire have announced a new mini-LP called Nocturnal Koreans, and shared its lead single and title track.
The new release follows last year's self-titled long-player, and features material that was recorded at the same time, but not used because of stylistic differences that didn't fit in with the scope of WIRE.
Colin Newman says: “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.”
The lead single "chronicles a sleepless night that Wire spent in a seedy Boston-area hotel on their 2013 US tour". Guitarist Matthew Simms says of the tune: “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.”
Nocturnal Koreans is out 29 April on pinkflag.
Listen to the title track below. The mini-LP's tracklist and Wire's upcoming live dates are after.
1. Nocturnal Koreans
2. Internal Exile
3. Dead Weight
4. Forward Position
7. Pilgrim Trade
8. Fishes Bones
10 – Con Club, Lewes, UK
11 – Komedia, Bath, UK
12 – Cosmosis Festival, Manchester, UK
22-24 – ATP, Prestatyn (curated by Drive Like Jehu), UK
27-29 – GetMAD! Festival, Madrid, Spain