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  1.  
    Primed and Ready- Classic WIRE, Sounds great-

    https://www.musictap.com/2020/01/08/coming-soon-wire-mind-hive/
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    As others have said, the 2 new tracks could have easily come from the last 3 LPs and at this stage it feels like Wire are more about refining rather than re-defining their sound, so for long term Wire listeners it's more about the detail and seeing how the new tracks pan out Live rather than a great leap forward. For civilians with a passing interest in the band or maybe only know a few classic tracks these are tunes that might get their attention particularly 'Primed' so I can see why these are the 'Singles'. It'll be interesting to hear these within the whole LP with this more electronic/ambient side. Apparently there is some Sax on one track. When was the last time there was Sax on a Wire track? Crazy About Love? I suppose technically Robert is playing Sax on their version of 4'33"....
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    the melody is uncomfortably close to "Ally In Exile" and "Doubles & Trebles"
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    My reaction to both Cactused and Primed & Ready is “yep, sounds like Wire,” which suits me just fine. And Primed and Ready is another bulleted list. :) So yeah, classic Wire.

    Sounds great so far! Looking forward to hearing the rest, and seeing them in March.
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    @R Swimmer - last Wire sax (discounting 4'33"); Possibly Eels Sang Lino / ZEGK HOQP?
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    To me Prime and Ready has a very 80's vibe to it. In fact it's almost like WIRE did an adaptation of the 1981 song Fade to Grey by Visage. Certainly the intro on both are very similar.
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    Ocatave patterns on bass are fairly common, but the sounds here don’t remind me of Visage. If it brought anything out of my mind, it’d be Blur’s Girls & Boys, although neither that song nor Visage’s had the crunching guitars that run throughout the bulk of the track. (Also, I’m not sure Cactused and Primed & Ready are really indicative of the album as a whole, which rungs from the gentle Humming through to brain-smasher Hung. It’ll be interesting to see what people here think of Off The Beach as well, which is a modern-era zenith of Wire mashing together jaunty pop and dark, caustic lyrics.)
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    I too had an initial Visage related shudder when I heard the first few notes upon playing the track on Youtube. Oddly, the next time I went into Youtube Visage's Fade To Grey were there in amongst the suggestions for things that might be of interest to me.
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    surprised comments about the LP don't abound. I wasn't that hopeful when I heard Catcused, but I played the LP a couple of times last night, & for me, it's there best since Change Becomes Us. nice to see a couple of 'in yer face' trax - Wire are, after all, best when they are a little discordant!
  10.  
    well, technically it's not out until tomorrow so many people might not have heard it yet.
    but apart from this, i think pretty much everybody is on facebook and by now relatively active on the group "Blessed State". Surely way more active than on this forum.
  11.  
    I'm not on Facebook, but I've just spent this afternoon making some battery cables for my boat in the garage whilst listening to Mind Hive for the first time (dig the double 'Wire' thing there...).

    I'll admit the last two albums didn't really grab me. I tried, but I simply didn't get into them. Consequently, I was a little cautious about approaching this one, but I needn't have worried. I liked it as soon as it started, and after a couple of listens, it's certainly going to be played regularly.

    The stand-out for me is 'Oklahoma', which is probably going to be worn out before the end of the week. It's got to be a 'Graham' I presume?

    I've just tried to review it on Amazon, but as it's not out until tomorrow, they wouldn't let me. The sad thing is, I'm certain so many people would like it if they were given the chance to hear it, but as usual, as Wire aren't a teenaged talent vacuum with computer enhanced "voices", hardly anyone ever will.

    At least some of us are privileged to be in the know.

    10/10 from me.

    Oh, and it's 'New album of the month', along with an interview with Colin in the January 2020 Record Collector magazine (p108 if you're sneaking a look in the shop).
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    Every comment I read here before listening to the album seems irrelevant now. I'm afraid it's so different to previous ones that we are still unable to define it very well :D I'll have to listen to it many more times until I decide what to think of it. This must be one of Wire's most difficult albums from the last decades.
    Last time I saw them live, back in Nov. 2018, they played a few new songs that I found a bit hard to swallow. I don't remember them clearly, and I don't recognize them on this new release, but I think they must be here in some form, since I feel the same sensation.
    I never expected Wire to sound like Pink Floyd, but "Unrepetant" seems to be taken from "Meddle"!!!!
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    From what I remember they were playing Be Like Them, Cactused (at that time still called Mindhive), Hung and Primed & Ready. Apart from Primed and Ready which didn’t have keyboards live I don’t think the songs have changed much. Just the sound is different and much softer in the studio versions
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    Hmm, I'm distressed at the suggestion many have moved to Facebook, as I don't have an account and this seems so obviously a superior way to communicate (not that there's anything wrong with Facebook but it seems more geared to quick shots rather than discussion). I still don't have it, just heard "Cactused" and "Primed" via youtube. I don't really know what I think yet but I am glad there is new stuff to check out.

    Very small point but I notice on "Primed" Newman says "are you female or male?" but the text here says "female and male." This reminds me to ask, do the lyric texts come right from Lewis? I had that impression for some reason, they are official in their own right even when they vary then, right? I.e., they're not transcriptions?
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    I can’t tell why and how it happened, but it is a matter of fact that this forum (apart from the activities of the last days due to the new album) has been more or less dead for a while, no?
    More than having moved to Facebook I think a lot of people were already there, and many were connected with themselves anyway, then the wire-related groups started popping up. There is three by now I think, but for whatever reason the most popular is the one called Blessed State, which has more than 400 members and discussions every day.
    Whatever one might think of Facebook as such, for discussions it is IMO not better and not worse than a forum. The possibility of posting pictures, songs and videos surely is an advantage. I still try to come back here regularly and see what is going on, but honestly apart from the last few days it really has been way too quiet.
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    After repeated listenings I have to say MH is a pretty great sounding record. The sonic palette weaves in and out from the delicate dream pop of Shadows to the sludge rock of Hung. It may not be a radical departure from the last several records but they're definitely going down a different path on this one. Combined with the ominous lyrics this effort is as surreal and trippy as anything they've done. Everything sounds very precisely thought out and then collaged together which I assume is the way Colin works. Wire's hallmark spontaneity and effortlessness comes across as usual in the finished product and this one to me packs a bit more of a punch than the 3 previous releases. Looking forward to hearing how this sounds live on the two upcoming shows in Brooklyn.
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    Biccio, yeah, I haven't been here in a year or two, the new release brought me back. So I am equally guilty of moving to Facebook, even if I didn't move to Facebook...

    ...you might be right about the relative merits...
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    @bzfgt: The texts here are a mix. Some of them are taken from album liner notes and corrected. Others were transcribed by Andrew Westmeyer and myself for our respective Wire sites long ago, and more recent stuff is taken from whatever documents I’m sent over. When this site went up c. 2007, all the older stuff got a cursory glance from relevant people in the band, but newer texts are assumed accurate until someone points out an error.

    On the forum vs Facebook, having something on this site seemed more important back in 2007. However, unless it suddenly stops working (which it may well do at some point), it’s likely to stick around, for historical/archive reasons if nothing else.
  20.  
    On the way home from work last night and checked my phone to discover Mind Hive had landed on Apple Music. So, first full listen on a drizzly Sunday night in Glasgow, and first impression was this album is a real densely layered affair. The first half is clearly the ‘poppy’ side and classic Wire to boot. I admit I struggle when the pace drops and tracks become more ‘atmospheric’ but thankfully Mind Hive doesn’t become too one-paced, a criticism that can be levelled at Silver And Lead. Also, it was odd not to hear a Graham lead vocal until late on in the album. I Will report back with more thoughts after a few more listens (you lucky people!). Looking forward to the Glasgow gig on Thursday