Wire returned last spring with their self-titled effort, their 14th studio album to date. Now, just 12 months later, the influential post-punk outfit is readying its follow-up. Nocturnal Koreans is due out on April 22nd through Pink Flag.
As a press release notes, the forthcoming LP was born out of the sessions for Wire’s previous full-length. Despite this, Nocturnal Koreans is expected to sound much different, says Newman:
“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.”
Our first look at the new album comes courtesy of its title track, a low-key brooder that simmers, but never quite cracks, the surface. Bassist Graham Lewis calls it “A great snapshot of touring America … it reminds me of the many weird and wonderful times, places and people that cross your path.”
Check it out below.