Hungarian newcomers Wires offer up a vicious and intense industrial metalcore sound that they summarise as “anger, discomfort and most certainly frustration.” Intriguingly, the band is big on experimentation and uses electronics and, specifically, analog synths to finetune their unique industrial sound.
Wires was founded in late 2019 by vocalist József Nagy and guitarists Dávid Tóth and Gergő Nagy. Dávid and József knew each other having played in local bands through their teenage years, but struggled to find people with similar mentalities and musical views. But they discovered them in Gergő and, a couple of years later, drummer Gergő Erdei, who maintained a steady lineup after several changes.
They’ve since honed a sound that revolves “around the concept of hard hitting drums, extremely downtuned riffs, disturbing synths and angry vocals.” But it goes much deeper than that.
As Dávid tells us: “For me, the mutual presence of regular and electronic intruments came naturally. Regular instruments like guitars and drums have a lot of random factors in their sound, which makes them feel organic and down to earth, also they are capable of expressing wild changes in dynamics and energy thus they resonate extremely well with the listener. On the other hand, the presence of electronics gives a monstrous feel to the whole thing. Somehow technology and electronics have always had something frightening about them.
“If you think of movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Terminator, they all revolve around the topic of artificial intelligence taking control over humanity. In my opinion, this fear still remains today and is more relevant than ever, due to the fast pace of technological advancement making all kinds of AI a part of everyone’s lives. However, the key with Wires is how we blend these elements. Our goal was to make the regular and electronic instrumentation coexist as organically as possible.
“A lot of metalcore bands use electronic elements and synthesizers in their music. But for most of them, I feel like they end up with something really sterile-sounding, where these elements feel out of context and sound too separated from the band, or the excessive use of electronics makes the band sound too small. It took a lot of experimentation for us to try and make this effect go away. One of the two breakthrough factors was the use of analog synths and the way we use them. We try and introduce a lot of random factors to their sound to make them feel like a perfomance. The other thing is the way the music is mixed. Gabor really knew how to make the mix come together with all the electronic elements while maintaining the organic feel. We also use some classic effects like the vocoder on the vocals.”
Our first taste of this is Wires’ debut single varlet, which is an absolute on the senses – in a good way. It dives straight into filthy low-tuned guitar and wild drums, which kick into a vicious opening verse. That ends with stabbing guitar sounds, a big cry of “Fuck” and electronic noises before dropping into a verse supported by atmospheric synths and driving drums.
It bursts into another intense chorus with guitars and drums driving it forward under vicious vocals. That ends with huge rolling drums before the stabbing guitars return – then an intense section of doomy guitars and stabbing synth sounds that suddenly drop out. And that gives way to a final blast of the massive chorus.
On the track, Dávid says: “We received a lot of positive feedback in the Hungarian underground, and a lot of local webzines wrote some kind words about us. We also faced some constructive criticism, which we handled well in my opinion. Regarding the song, expect 2 minutes and 44 seconds of total sonic obliteration and chaos. It is typically that fast, in your face song, which has a music video that supports the same vibe.” Check it out in the video here:
Wires draw influence from a wide range of artists, bands and genres. Their metalcore influences include the likes of vein.fm and Void of Vision (who we’ll freely admit we weren’t aware of but sound awesome!), but they also love the haunting atmosphere of bands like The Cure and Depeche Mode and industrial legends like Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy.
And on what inspires them to write music, Dávid explains: “In the past few years, a lot of things happened in the world that no one expected, and we are still flattered about them. It was a time which made all of our lives harder. Those, coupled with the weight of all our negative personal experiences of growing up in these disadvantaged regions, formed us as musicians and lyricists.
“We came up with the vision of a post apocalyptic world controlled by machines, in which a fictional outsider tries to serve as the light in the dark for those who want to break free from this world. I think this vision pretty accurately represents what the world is slowly becoming, and we would like to inspire people to do something about it. Our debut song varlet serves as the wake-up call.”
Over the years, we’ve featured some great Hungarian metal bands, so we got Dávid’s thoughts on their local scene. “We have an awesome, really supportive scene in Hungary, especially in Budapest where most of the events happen,” he said. “In the past years, a lot of really great bands started to emerge from the suburbs and the countryside, and it has made the scene become more diverse musically.
“However, here in Hungary we feel like in most cases bands try to follow tried and trusted formulas which became popular in foreign countries years ago. So they dont rely that much on experimentation, and they lack the ability to find their own sound. This is certainly a tradition we try to break with some other bands who we consider our close friends.”
Wires will release their second single, sirrah, tomorrow (5 August), which they tell us will complement varlet well both lyrically and musically. They also have plans to release their debut EP later this year and are working hard to create a great live show experience.