Two Chances to Catch Influential Post-Punk Legends Wire This WeekJune 2nd, 2015
The rock band Wire rose up out of the English punk scene nearly 40 years ago. But while many other groups of that era stuck to one sound, the foursome—now original members Colin Newman (vocals and guitar), Robert “Gotobed” Grey (drums) and Graham Lewis (bass and vocals), plus Matthew Simms (guitar)—expanded their atmospheric sonic boundaries, especially on their first three albums: the stripped-down classic Pink Flag (stream it below), the art rock–tinged Chairs Missing (stream it below) and the post-punk 154 (stream it below). Over time, the members have worked on other music and solo material only to return to the band. Just two months ago, Wire (above, doing “Joust & Jostle”) put out an eponymous studio album, their 14th LP, and it finds them in as fine form as ever. According to the A.V. Club, “Post-punk legends Wire sound ferocious, rejuvenated on new album…. Wire is yet another fine addition to the band’s already bulletproof legacy.” Experience that legacy live and in person tomorrow at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Thursday at The Bowery Ballroom. Lo-fi tunesmith Julian Lynch opens both shows.