Wire Marks New LP Release w/40th Anniversary Festival


And that ain’t no April fool fake news, either – artists slated to perform include 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 * Chasms * Noveller * Immersion * SLOWS

 By Blurt Staff

Musical pioneers WIRE will release their 15th studio album Silver/Lead on March 31, the eve of their 40th anniversary. 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. You can check out first single “Short Elevated Period” below:

However this is an album with its sights firmly set on the future. 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 available HERE.


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.  Updated info can be found at www.drillfestival.com

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


Leave a Reply