Wire - Silver/Lead (2017)

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Noisey is streaming the forthcoming Wire release Silver/Lead (out 3/31 via their own Pinkflag label) which Alex Robert Ross

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 Tracklist:
01. Playing Harp For The Fishes
02. Short Elevated Period
03. Diamonds in Cups
04. Forever & A Day
05. An Alibi
06. Sonic Lens
07. This Time
08. Brio
09. Sleep On The Wing
10. Silver/Lead

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 21:18 (one year ago) Permalink

It leaked a few weeks ago, and very good it is though it took a couple of listens to start to reveal it's charms.

And I'd say it's a straight line from the self-titled and Nocturnal Koreans, but Change Becomes Us is something different, being reworked versions of songs that would've followed 154.

I still love Wire but since Bruce left it's felt more like Colin's other band, Githead, as the oddness decreases and the popness increases.

Graham's recent solo albums of odds, sods and soundtracks is my CD favorite Wire-related release since Send.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 22:00 (one year ago) Permalink

^^^every word of this otm, ALTHOUGH i'm listening to this now and much preferring it to Wire and Nocturnal Koreans - the songwriting and sonic depth seems stronger. RYM ratings are very low for some reason - people seem to have had enough of the Matt Simms era, although it's hardly his fault

All Over is lovely but yeah All Under is flipping incredible. the confessional clips snapped shut

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Hmm, I'll have to give this a listen!

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Thursday, 30 March 2017 02:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Excellent album. Songs are pretty tuneful. I like it more than anything I have heard after the first three classic albums

Alex in Spree-Athen (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Saw the lads in Cambridge, MA last night. It was a fun show with a setlist covering 40 years of Wire.

My friend insists we stand at the very front, where the sound is just a big smear. But it was fun to stare at everyone doing their thing: Matt and his inventive guitar parts, Robert with eyes closed tight hammering away, Graham with a rose in his bass and Colin standing on the balls of his feet everytime he sings.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Thinking of going tonight in W. DC. Tuneful latest album on first listen sounds ok, but doesn't wow me.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 September 2017 14:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

might as well remind this thread that graham lewis and matt simms are about to release a record they made with thighpaulsandra and valentina magaletti under the name 'uuuu' and it's going to be amazing


imago, Monday, 25 September 2017 15:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It was a fun show with a setlist covering 40 years of Wire.

Enjoyed the DC show last night (the night after tat Cambridge, MA one) but as I expected, there were not a lot of songs from their early days. Also, Matt was off in the right rear corner, sometime adding extra elements with his guitar and pedals, but other times just looked bored.

the main set they have been doing for months now is: Ahead
Diamonds In Cups
An Alibi
This Time
Three Girl Rhumba
Art Of Persistence
Underwater Experiences
Red Barked Trees
Small Black Reptile
Keep Exhaling
Split Your Ends
Plus encores (usually-- Silver/Lead; Used; Stealth)

But some of those new ones sounded good, alongside my old fave "Three Girl Rhumba"

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Got tickets for the Saturday show in Brooklyn. Expectations are low and no wonder Matt Simms seems bored They are playing the same set. Every. Night. I’d be bored too.

kwhitehead, Thursday, 28 September 2017 03:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

They've been playing that same set for months. The others somehow looked more into it at times.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Not sure why would want to play the same set over and over again. Seems lazy to me. And no fun.

kwhitehead, Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

They should do "No Fun" as an encore

Mark G, Friday, 29 September 2017 06:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Even though they are workmanlike at it live mostly now (it's just a job it seems), they do it well and the brief little bits of human emotion on their faces and in their singing and playing makes it worth it. A good set of songs goes a long way, and I am not out on tour with them having to watch them do them over and over.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 September 2017 17:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

So they've dropped "Change becomes us"?

Mark G, Friday, 29 September 2017 21:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

when I saw them on the Red Barked Tree tour I was struck by how inspired they seemed. but yeah this latest show was not that. ewwww they're huuuuuman.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm so spoiled - in 1999 I thought I'd never see Wire play live and since then I've seen them 7 times! I'll give them a pass for a less-than-amazing show.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Planning to see them at the start of next month, will be my first time.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Final Brooklyn show was actually quite excellent and inspired. It seems like since they had some extra time in town they had a chance to mix-up the set list a bit. They laid down a hectic version of Drill near the end of the set. Best Wire show I've seen a quite a while.

kwhitehead, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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