From fire to water, Berlin post-punk quartet Wires & Lights return with their video for “Swimming”—an anthem for those from the grit and tenacity to dive headlong in the uncertainty of change, continuing the theme established by the band’s debut single “Drive”, yet “Swimming” is a song from the womb of the band’s earliest performances and demos.
“This was the very first song I wrote for Wires & Lights.” says vocalist Justin Stephens, “I could hear the mix in my head and set about recording a demo of it. As soon as I’d finished it, I knew we had something special and couldn’t wait for the four of us to record it properly in a studio. The day we recorded this during the album sessions, I just had a big grin on my face because I knew we’d nailed it.
„The thought processes that triggered it followed on from those that made ‚Drive‘. I’d climbed out of a dark place and was back to my old self again — so what now? ‘Well, there are all these things you want to achieve and if you don’t make them happen, no-one else is going to do them for you – so get out there and light that fire. And while you’re at it, don’t lose sight of all the little things that matter and make life richer. The darkness never goes away entirely, but put it back in its place and focus on creating the light. It’s a strange feeling to be that creatively focused and driven, but to still feel the darkest of urges lurking in the background. That’s the battle to win for me and probably always will be.“
Watch the video for “Swimming” below, which sees Justin Stephens walking along a bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, while we get caught in the current of driving guitars, drums, and bass provided by the tight efforts of a band who can do far more than tread water:
“Swimming” is featured on Wires & Lights’ debut LP A Chasm Here and Now, due out September 13th via Oblivion.
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