31 March 2017
|Musical pioneers WIRE will release their 15th studio album Silver/Lead on March 31, the eve of their 40th anniversary. However this is an album with its sights firmly set on the future. On April 1, 2017, the anniversary of the bands first gig as the classic 4 piece at the Roxy Club. London, WIRE will be giving a headline performance at the Los Angeles edition of the bands boutique city festival DRILL : LA, a unique festival to mark 40 years of not looking back. |
DRILL : LA
March 30 - April 2 at the Echo & Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Bob Mould * Julia Holter * Mild High Club, * Laetitia Sadier
FITTED (Bob Lee, Graham Lewis, Matthew Simms, Mike Watt)
Part Time Punks * HowardAmb, * Once and Future Band
* Chasms * Noveller * Immersion * SLOWS
+ the pinkflag guitar orchestra
More Special Guests To Be Announced Soon
Since 2013, WIRE have been curating a series of international city festivals with the name DRILL. The idea being to bring together the best overview of both classic left field artists and new and emerging cutting edge talent.
There will be several more DRILL : FESTIVALS taking place this spring, each featuring unique line ups.
Updated info can be found at www.drillfestival.com
On Silver/Lead, Colin Newman and Matt Simms guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist Graham Lewiss ear-catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual masterclass in percussive minimalism. But its how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. And Newmans production creates a sonic space in which even the smallest gesture is accorded some recognition.
Highlights include the optimistic dazzle of Diamonds In Cups, with its almost T. Rex-style buzz and chug, and the moody swing of This Time. Elsewhere on the musical spectrum, theres the menacing widescreen grandeur of "Playing Harp For The Fishes" and breakneck-paced guitar pop of "Short Elevated Period."
Wire are one of the worlds most ground-breaking bands, their influence acknowledged by bands as diverse as Blur, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Savages. But they have never been interested in exploiting past glories. For Wire, there is only ever one possible direction: forwards. So its perhaps not surprising that over recent years, theyve played strings of sold-out shows, achieved career-best record sales, and been cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands.
Wires last three albums garnered nothing but rave reviews. From 2013s strangely beautiful Change Becomes Us (Its fantastic. Pitchfork) to the crackling motorik of 2015s Wire (Its all really well turned, potent and crisp. The Guardian), and last years punchy mini-album Nocturnal Koreans(It's a cracker and sounds defiantly modern. The Quietus). Consequently, although it may be being released on the bands 40th anniversary, Silver/Lead is an album which has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future.
Wire Tour Dates
03.28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
03.29 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03.30 - Los Angeles, CA - DRILL : LA @ Echo
03.31 - Los Angeles, CA - DRILL : LA @ Echo/Echoplex
04.01 - Los Angeles, CA - DRILL : LA @ Echo/Echoplex
04.03 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
04.05 - Portland, OR @ Dantes
04.07 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
04.08 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile