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Is it just me or is every band an instrumental one these days? Although not a new concept (of course), the supply and demand for the style has grown exponentially in a short space of time; the city of Liverpool is currently festooned with them and the trend shows no sign of abatement just yet. Alpha Male Tea Party, Alright The Captain, Cleft and Kusanagi are just a number of local examples. In a rapidly expanding market, you have to purport to offer something even more original. Wired To Follow, a brand new four-piece feat. Stephen Johnston of Minion TV and New Path fame, have arrived to deliver a curious and addictive take on both the concept and potential of electronic instrumental music.
Their debut single (a free download available HERE and below), ‘I Wish I Could Talk In Technicolour’, is a composition of myriad moods and ideas. Leaning upon the influence of the highly regarded Sigur Rós, Wired To Follow’s introductory announcement to the world is one that can really capture the imagination.
The instrumental genre offers room for debate on the aesthetic democratisation of modern music. With the internet having made distribution much easier, remodelling of the stage presence and public personalities has begun. Moreso at a local level (because most of the time you don’t know who they are), the anonymous blending of band members allows you focus solely on the music and their expression of it. Instead of (EXTREME EXAMPLE ALERT) “Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses” it’s “the bassist from Mogwai.” It aids all concerned and bars distractions. There will always be a shout for Big Personalities and Arrogant Pricks, but music of the kind crafted by Wired To Follow and their ilk will only benefit from an increased sense of communisation.