1/6/17 – Wire – Silver/Lead – 2017

Album Of The Day

Forty years of Wire and they stand alone, no-one does Art Punk quite like them, something in the rhythm, something in the melody, something in the lyrics, something in the mood. Experimental, accessible, thoughtful, driving, edgy, soft, scary, catchy, unpredictable, straightforward, beautiful, challenging – they never disappoint.

With three original members – Colin Newman on guitar and vocal, Graham Lewis on bass and Robert Gotobed (Grey) on drums (original guitarist Bruce Gilbert left in 2004) there have been some lengthy gaps in their long life but they seem to have never lost the vision of an ancient future, darkness and light, mesmeric genre crossing experimental Pop, Psychedelic Punk.

Once you have discovered this album, buy everything all the way back to Pink Flag (1977), Chairs Missing (1978) and 154 (1979). I would write some superlatives about 154 but the computer can’t take it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_(band)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver/Lead

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_discography

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4 Responses to “1/6/17 – Wire – Silver/Lead – 2017”

  1. walnutriver June 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Nice… Hadn’t heard of these guys but like the vibe. Supposedly being post punk, this material sounds more like a cross between grunge and modern punk, so I guess post punk. Whatever label, it’s good music and will follow-through with your purchase suggestion, cheers….

    • delay plus chorus June 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

      Proving that it’s never too late! And as Marty observes, your next purchase should be “154,” and then, well, everything else.

  2. delay plus chorus June 2, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    I just saw them play a few weeks ago and got my copy of this fine new album signed by Colin, Graham and Robert — very approachable guys, and a great evening all around.

  3. delay plus chorus June 3, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Here’s an in-studio set they did at KEXP during their recent stop in Seattle:

    https://goo.gl/5mitfY

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