Not signed in (Sign In)

Vanilla 1.1.4 is a product of Lussumo. More Information: Documentation, Community Support.

Welcome Guest!
Want to take part in these discussions? If you have an account, sign in now.
If you don't have an account, apply for one now.
  1.  
  2.  
    Production aside the new song is really good! Looking forward to the upcoming tour.
  3.  
    Nice song. Doesn't massively deviate from the last few albums (which I was predicting), but the descriptions of the rest of the album do sound like it'll be a reasonably varied affair.
  4.  
    I like the new song but was rather hoping they may get an outsider in on production duties this time around. Colin is a fine producer, no doubt, but Wire would benefit from a more raw sounding mix to differentiate from Colin's other musical output. Still looking forward to the new LP though. Sounds intriguing
  5.  
    I, too, like Cactused. But I agree that an outside producer may have taken Wire into a different direction. The start of the track did have a 'Githead sound ' to it. But it's great to have the band back in action on record and on stage. It's going to be a terrific start to the new year.
  6.  
    A mate of mine, who only knows the more obvious 70s stuff, was telling me he heard this on the radio today (BBC 6 Music I think) - he loved it and wants to go to one of the gigs, so - job done!.
  7.  
    I'm surprised and a little sad there is not a 7" size book version to go with the recent set of them.

    They must take a lot of time to put together and cost a lot up front, i guess.
  8.  
    Cactused is...alright.
  9.  
    As with much Wire, for me, it grows. I never rely on first hearing. Silver/Lead on first play didn't sink in, but now I consider it right up there with their best work and still have it on pretty heavy rotation.
    Very much looking forward to Mind Hive and the Brudenell gig.
  10.  
    Disappointed that there are no Irish Dates announced but really looking forward to the LP.
  11.  
    Unless it is under a different title it seems like we're never going to get a studio version of "Wolf Collides" / "Wolf Boar"
  12.  
    That is one for Strays 3, perhaps...
  13.  
    Or "Go Go Go"
  14.  
    It sounds more like the 80's albums to me (Bell, Ideal) than the latest ones, what I like a lot. Promising!!
  15.  
    If anyone is considering going to the Birmingham date on this tour there are less than 1% of tickets left according to Skiddle!

    https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Hare-And-Hounds/Wire/13666722/
  16.  
    4 star glowing review in this month's Mojo by Andrew Perry. As we've already learned the album has been divided by Matt into a "Pop" side and a more experimental, electronic side. All sounds intriguing. Here's a transcript of the review:


    " IT HASN'T been easy. Wire's illustrious history suffered two near-fatal punctures, in the early '80s, then the entirety of the '90s, and as reluctant frontman Colin Newman told MOJO last month, "We still have our moments - we are well able to test our internal relationships to destruction." Yet here they still are, compulsively exploring beyond the parameters of rock orthodoxy and their own past, and since 2008's Object 47 becoming an exemplar of a mature group growing in productivity and excellence. Their fourth long-plaver since 2015, Mind Hive manages to left-turn from any obvious continuity with 2017's Silver/Lead, while upholding their own deft sonic identity. With a preponderance of synthesizers, it might be a distant cousin of 1990's Manscape, but chiefly it's experimental pop a-go-go, kicking off with a side of artfully sculpted bangers, then weirding out a tad (but not indigestibly so) on the flip. Be Like Them opens with a classic Wire exercise in juxtaposition, as two counterpointed riffs - one plucked in a faintly Arabic style, the other crunching - provide a tense backdrop to Newman's snipes about "cats getting fatter" and "rabid dogs". Certain lyrics were penned this year by his bass-playing foil, Graham Lewis, AKA Wire's chief lyricist (see grown-up lines like "Insomnia taunts me in this tired year"), while others Lewis wrote circa 1978. for an unused track recently unearthed. The way the gnarly, staccato verses glide into the uneasy, gently descending chorus is the kind of thrill that late-period Wire routinely summon at will. Their pedigree as post-punk tunesmiths
    nonpareil is omnipresent: Cactused mirrors latter day fuck-you ditties like One Of Us and Please Take by blending bile and melodic saccharine; with similar stealth, Off The Beach bounces in on a delectable indie-rock guitar mesh reminiscent of Felt, amid universal images of feeling at one with humanity on a happy day at the beach, only for that picture to darken - "CC Cameras, knives and hammers/People sleeping, broken, beaten/People lying, homeless, dying" - and for the song to end abruptly shockingly, without resolution. Where Mind Hive diverges from its immediate predecessors is in a thread of synthy ambience that runs through the beatless, early Eno-esque Unrepentant, and the moodier Shadows, where sickeningly familiar snapshots of wartime euthanasia result in the usual inadequate response - "a minute of silence, made out of wood". Like a sucker punch after those two, the Lewis-growled Oklahoma thunders out on a killer first line, "I admired your sexy hearse" - an outburst of inexplicable rage, duly followed by Hung's eight-minute masterclass in shifting structure and aural texture.
    Wire's restless desire to leave different tracks in the sand is epitomised by closer Humming, whose original drums and guitar
    were totally expunged to leave another disquieting synthscaper- lurid yet skilfully inconclusive music for these precarious times."
  17.  
    Sounds great! I've been pretty keen on Wire moving into a new direction
  18.  
    Hhhhmmm, tbh what i've heard so far does not sound miles away from the previous three albums to me.
  19.  
    I see Wire will be featured on the cover of the imminent February edition of The Wire magazine. Staggeringly, it's just short of twenty years since they were last on the cover. Worryingly, I remember it vividly. Reassuringly, I remember it vividly.
  20.  
    If this sounds anything like Manscape, I'm a Dutchman.

    However, if it's more interesting and electronic than the last two duds, it'll be well worth the price of admission.

    Quietly optimistic.