I don’t need it, I don’t fear it
It creeps on you. Silence. Some noise starts to emit from the speakers. A tiny guitar riff. It loudens. Loudens.
And crash, it’s on. It rocks like a monster for a moment before succumbing into an echo, a dreamy tunnel. And turns again into a monster. Rinse and repeat.
Locust Valley’s specialty is in its sonic twists. It’s a great rocker in itself, carries a fantastic chorus et cetera. It would be a good b-side in any case. But the quick dips into the echo-drowned world turn it into something amazing. For just a few moments the song switches gears completely before going on again. And while the music twists, Nicky takes a vocal stance and mumbles the lines with James. It works perfectly.
Oh, and the final “I don’t need it, I don’t fear it” bit is brilliant.
Lyrically it showcases Wire’s love for art: according to Manics.NL it’s about the artist Ray Johnson. Not being an expert on the man, it’s hard to say how much the song makes sense in that context.