London-based quartet, Piano Wire have announced their debut album ‘Dream Underground’ is set for release on 13th January via their own Hanging Houses label. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve released ‘Cherry Coma’ (video below), a relentless hybrid, fusing rock’n’roll, pop sensibilities and their distinctive lopsided song-writing. It’s another tale from the dark side, a place all too familiar to the band: “The hallucinations of a dark, neurotic sycophant lost and lonely in his addled obsession”. The video is directed by their visual collaborator, Steve Gullick, filmed within the fruity confines of London’s notorious Flying Dutchman.
Formerly of Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Sym Gharial and Andy Huxley split the duties thusly – Gharial on bass and crafting those unique lyrics; Andy singing, writing the music and playing guitar. Their 2015 EP, ‘The Genius Of The Crowd’ set out the band’s stall, discharging eight blistering pop songs in 20 minutes.
‘Dream Underground’ shows a giant leap forward in songwriting and approach, realising Piano Wire’s aim to make a huge and satisfying rock album that could rattle the ribcages and fuel the imaginations of as many people as possible. It begins in style with the Gil Norton-produced ‘Get A Life’, a riff-fuelled punch in the gut, which serves as a delicious warning of what is to follow. It’s a down and dirty juxtaposition of dark and light, grit and sweetness, grinding riffs and explosive melody – a theme that continues throughout the record. The idea of hedonism and its consequences is often at the heart of their songs. Gharial and Huxley’s experiences have provided a lifetime’s worth of inspiration, powering the weirdly wonderful tales of the ‘Dream Underground’ and beautifully realised in Jude Wainwright original oil paintings, commissioned for Loose Collective.
The literary influence is strong in Piano Wire’s approach. Lyricist Gharial draws succour from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Chuck Bukowski and the parallels can be seen in a number of places across ‘Dream Underground’ – “I thought I found romance in drinking and hard drugs but realised I had been fooled and was fooling everyone,” he says. “I like Oscar Wilde a lot. The lyrics to the tracks are about fucked up, twisted love and being a loner and going mad. The tragedy of old fashioned Romance. Wanting what you can’t have. Feeling detested. And Fear. Strong experiences.” Despite the darkness that undercuts many of their tracks, Piano Wire’s exuberant aesthetic is uncontrollable on the record’s monstrous peaks and choruses.
‘Dream Underground’ – Out Friday 13th January 2017 via Hanging Houses
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