The first two Read & Burn EPs were cannibalized for 2003′s Send (and its remixed vinyl counterpart, pf456). After the subsequent tour, Bruce Gilbert left Wire; Read & Burn 03, the final volume of the series to date, was recorded as a trio, and didn’t come out until 2007. It’s a transitional record, obviously, so the band hung a lantern on it by leading off with one of their most audacious songs ever. In place of their recent miniatures, “23 Years Too Late” is almost 10 minutes long — a bizarre crouch-and-pounce epic involving “rhizomic gastropods” and “sonic paramedics,” built around a chintzy-sounding organ playing a garage-rock riff. The other three tracks are more straightforward, with the band grasping at a new tone that’s somewhere near the territory of the early-’90s alternative rock bands they’d inspired.
By Douglas Wolk on 07.14.11 in Icons
One way of describing Wire is to say that they've effectively been three different bands with (mostly) the same lineup: the blazing art-punk mutants of their 1976-80 incarnation, the monomaniacal electro-brainiacs of the...
By Garry Mullholland on 09.09.14 in Features
The U.K. post-punks on the self-sabotage of their bizarre live album 'Document & Eyewitness.'
By Robert Ham on 08.18.14 in Reviews
It feels like the reissue of Wire's Document & Eyewitness 1979-1980 should have happened sooner. The 1981 live recording has been out of print for more than 20 years now, and many of the songs on it were used as the basi...
By Andrew Parks on 07.01.14 in News
In today's In Case You Missed It department, The Village Voice has dug up an old Dangerous Minds post about a St. Louis zine that featured Chuck Berry reviewing classic punk records and "so-called new stuff" like Wire an...