Wire, The Drill

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 07.14.11 in Reviews

The Drill

Not much to recommend to anyone who’s not already a fanatic

The centerpiece of Wire mk. 2′s career was the “monophonic monorhythmic repetition” of “Drill”; they ended most of their shows with it, and they were obsessed enough with the song’s possibilities that they recorded an entire album’s worth of variations on it between 1989 and 1991. Some have new lyrics, some have altered riffs, some have Graham Lewis singing instead of Colin Newman. The opener here, “In Every City?,” highlights the affinities between “Drill” and Pink Flag‘s “12XU.” There’s not a lot here to recommend to anyone who’s not already a Wire fanatic, though, aside from a 12-minute live version of the original song — labeled as “(A Chicago) Drill” — which is ferocious and almost impossibly fast.