The Wants’ “The Motor” Is For Your Tragically Glorious Identity Crisis

Industrial noise

Photo: Madison Carroll

Through semi auto-tune riffs and gloomy tones, The Wants beckon us into a soundscape of incessant reflection in the most tragically glorious way in their new single “The Motor.” Taken from their upcoming debut record Container, out on March 17th, the track is a masterfully crafted industrial noise piece where the minimal use of lyrics amplifies its enigmatic presence:

Regarding the new track, guitarist/vocalist Madison Velding-Van Dam explained:

“The track was initially intended as an instrumental, that we adapted over time to include vocals. Whenever we play live, The Motor always seemed to be the track with the most immediacy, which inspired us to think further about how we could elevate the track to more than just a live instrumental.

I first had the epiphany for the spoken word vocals that feature in ‘The Motor’ whilst re-watching the introduction to one of my favourite movies, David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’. In it, racing pavement reveals only level white dotted lines shrouded in darkness as David Bowie croons his sinister, 90s industrial art-rock masterpiece, ‘I’m Deranged’. Taking elements from this, alongside a general feeling of unstoppable locomotion, we arrived at something that captures a mood somewhere between Cybotron’s ‘Cosmic Cars’, Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’, and Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer.’”

The Wants have show dates coming up:

Feb 26 – Bristol, The Lanes

Feb 27 – London, The Lexington

Feb 28 – Manchester, YES (Basement)

Feb 29 – Glasgow, The Poetry Club

Mar 1 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Mar 2 – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge

Mar 4 – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin