It is a testament to this great band that after 40 years since they formed, they can still produced a fire of creativity in their new music. 'Silver/Lead' is the 15th studio album from Wire and it’s about as far from nostalgia as you could get.
Ten songs on a record that couldn’t be more alive and vibrant. The musicianship is first class. Opener ‘Playing Harp For The Fishes’ is dark as are Graham Lewis’s menacing lyrics.
“A mute undertaker had something to tell
I stand at the threshold; I’m ringing the bell
I was hoping for heaven, I’d settle for hell”
it’s a stunning opener.
‘Short Elevated Period’ is an danceable jump around the room rocker whilst ‘’ Diamonds in Cups' changes the pace again with a cinemascope widescreen song. ‘Sonic Lens’ is a brilliantly crafted jagged song,
"Compass, phones, and gps
have all produced, the same address
Tomorrow is another day
We place our goodness on display"
This is just a selection of the enthralling songs and lyrics on this record.
The band put the hours in touring as well as playing at and curating the Drill Festival around the world. LA this weekend, Leeds, Berlin and Brussels are imminent.
All the way through to the tenth and title track, this record holds your focus through it’s 36 minutes..... Long may this band continue to reign over their kingdom!
30th -1st April LOS ANGELES (USA) DRILL : LA
3rd SAN FRANCISCO (USA) Slims
7th VANCOUVER (CANADA) Imperial Theatre
8th SEATTLE (USA) Crocodile
21-22nd LEEDS (UK) DRILL : LEEDS
4th LONDON (UK) The Garage
5th LONDON (UK) The Garage
7th BERLIN (DE) DRILL : BERLIN
9th COPENHAGEN (DK) Loppen
11th UTRECHT (NL) De Helling
12th PARIS (F) La Moroquinerie
13th BRUSSELS (B) DRILL: BXL