Wire return with news of their new mini album ‘Nocturnal Koreans’, due April 22th 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.”
It’s been almost a decade since Wire reemerged from their post-Send hiatus, during which—not for the first time in its history—the band appeared to have run its course; in the intervening years, over four albums, they’ve enjoyed a late-career creative-growth spurt, settling into an inspired, industrious new lineup. Nocturnal Koreans is another unambiguous statement of how far Wire have come since 2007, a timely measure of a band in rude health, still brimming with ideas, imagination and energy.