West Coast Tour Kicks Off Tonight, DRILL : LA Festival Announced
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"With much of their recent material, Wire continues to keep true to themselves in a way that makes old fans stick around, while still freshening up their sound enough to engage new generations with each new decade of music." - Stereogum
"Silver/Lead, out March 31 is another timely record from a band with an unwavering eye for the present." - Noisey
Wire kick off extensive celebrations for their 40th year as a band in typical forward-thinking prolific form, with a new album. The band's upcoming release,Silver/Lead is due March 31 via the band's pinkflag label. The album is streaming in full at Noiseyahead of Friday's release date. About the album Noisey says, "Silver/Lead, out March 31 is another timely record from a band with an unwavering eye for the present. The angst is still there, but it follows a line drawn by their last three records: 2013's Change Becomes Us, 2015's Wire, and 2016's Nocturnal Koreans. The paranoia doesn't come through frantic ticks; instead it bubbles up in a distorted subterfuge, underpinning Newman's occasionally disturbing deadpan vocal delivery. It's deceptive, too, built around pop hooks, drawing the listener in for long enough to confound them. Here we are, Newman sings on 'Short Elevated Period,' 'in a pivotal moment, in an uncertain future.' It would have made sense 40 years ago, too; but it catches on right now."
Silver/Lead is the 15th studio album from musical pioneers Wire. It arrives on the 40th anniversary of their debut performance. Yet it’s about as far from nostalgia as you could get. This is the sound of a uniquely addictive 21st century psychedelic post-punk
On April 1, 2017, the anniversary of the band’s 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 band’s boutique city festival DRILL : LA, a unique festival to mark “40 years of not looking back.”Wire have announced the addition of Mikal Cronin with a string & horn ensemble and Wand to the upcoming DRILL : LA festival taking place March 30 - April 2 at The Echo and Echoplex. Tickets for DRILL : LA are avaialble HERE.
DRILL : LA
March 30 - April 2 at the Echo & Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Bob Mould * Julia Holter * Mikal Cronin + String & Horn Ensemble * Mild High Club, * Laetitia Sadier * WAND FITTED (Bob Lee, Graham Lewis, Matthew Simms, Mike Watt) Part Time Punks * HowardAmb, * Once and Future Band * Youth Code * Chasms * Alina Bea * Noveller * Immersion * SLOWS + the pinkflag guitar orchestra
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. Details of the festivals will be announced shortly.
On Silver/Lead, Colin Newman and Matt Simms’ guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist Graham Lewis’s ear-catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual masterclass in percussive minimalism. But it’s how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. And Newman’s 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, there’s the menacing widescreen grandeur of "Playing Harp For The Fishes" and breakneck-paced guitar pop of "Short Elevated Period."
Wire are one of the world’s 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 it’s perhaps not surprising that over recent years, they’ve played strings of sold-out shows, achieved career-best record sales, and been cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands.
Wire’s last three albums garnered nothing but rave reviews. From 2013’s strangely beautifulChange Becomes Us (“It’s fantastic.” – Pitchfork) to the crackling motorik of 2015’s Wire (“It’s all really well turned, potent and crisp.” – The Guardian), and last year’s punchy mini-album Nocturnal Koreans (“It's a cracker and sounds defiantly modern.” – The Quietus). Consequently, although it may be being released on the band’s 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 Just A Friendly Heads up! Only about 50 Single day tickets remain for day one of Drill Fest headlined by Bob Mould. Also only about 50 3 day passes remain!
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