TJR050: THERE WERE WIRES “Somnambulists” LP/Cassette

Split release with Iodine Recordings

There Were Wires were an underground hardcore/metal band from Boston, MA that formed in the late 90s. They quickly gained notoriety in New England for their intense and chaotic live shows. The band played regularly throughout the early 2000’s, sharing stages with prominent bands like Mastodon, Converge, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, along with successful tours with Daughters (Ipecac Records) and Zombi (Relapse Records).

There Were Wires were one of the early pioneers of the Doom Metal genre, and became an influential giant that would pave the way for a wave of slow, heavy music that would follow after the bands demise. Members of There Were Wires later went on to play in Doomriders (Deathwish Inc.) and Disappearer (Magic Bullet Theory).

Somnambulists was There Were Wires sophomore release, originally released on Iodine Recordings in 2003. The record was a departure from their original fast and thrashy sound, which was dominant on their debut Self Titled LP. For this release, the band worked with producer Matt Squire at Camp Street and Q-Division studios. By this time, There Were Wires had matured as song writers and constructed songs considerably longer and more intricate than anything previously written. These tracks belied much of the frenetic energy of earlier works, moving glacially at times, winding tension with extended buildups and clean vocals while still maintaining its intensity. Somnambulists was not only a dramatic departure from the punchy abruptness of their earlier sound, but a welcomed one, as well – the record was met with much acclaim from fans and critics alike. Somnambulists is a full album experience that combines heavy, droning, and bluesy riffs with atmospheric interludes. The album follows a theme of loss, regret, sleep walking, and darkness.

Iodine Recordings and Tor Johnson Records are excited to present Somnambulists on vinyl for the first time ever. The album has been remastered for optimal listening and contains all new artwork. The record also includes a previously unreleased cover of Tunic by Sonic Youth.

Track Listing:
  New Doom
  His Talk, Her Teeth
  Get Cryptic
  Black Magic Rabbit
  Tunic (originally by Sonic Youth)

Pressing Information:
  10 tests press
  100 gold (Revelation Records exclusive)
  100 black/silver pinwheel (Deathwish Inc exclusive)
  100 bone w/gold & black splatter (Iodine Recordings exclusive)
  100 clear with white & black splatter (Tor Johnson Records exclusive)
  100 white/black with rainbow splatter
  100 white (25 with Limited To One Store exclusive packaging)
  400 black
  200 tapes (10 with Limited To One Store exclusive packaging)

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