Those who remember the late-’90s and early-’00s wave of metalcore that spawned such seminal acts as Converge, Cave In and Isis may remember Massachusetts hardcore crew There Were Wires, whose former members went on to play with Doomriders and Disappearer. The frantic blend of chaotic hardcore and moody post-metal led the band on tour with Daughters and Zombi, plus shows with Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon and other stalwarts of the scene at the time through today.
In 2003, There Were Wires released the killer Somnambulists album, but it went unheard by the masses when then-label Iodine Recordings closed its doors in 2004—until now. The label has reactivated, primed for reissues and new releases starting with Somnabulists, remastered and pressed on wax for the first time.
For the uninitiated, Decibel has a new video for “His Talk, Her Teeth,” compiled from live footage from 1999 to 2004. There Were Wires’ sound is reminiscent of the genre’s greats—anyone with a love for Deadguy, Cave In and bands like Zao should take notice of There Were Wires.
“This video perfectly captures the feral intensity of There Were Wires’ live shows from 1999 to 2004,” the band tells Decibel. “Whether playing a big stage or a tiny basement, there was always a wild, unpredictable energy and that’s part of what made it so fun. Edited by bassist Jebb Riley’s former Doomriders band mate, Michael Quartulli.”
Listen to and watch “His Talk, Her Teeth” below and grab a copy through Iodine here.