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Wire were formed by Colin Newman (guitar & vocals), Graham Lewis (bass & vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar) and Robert Grey (drums). The band subjected themselves to a lengthy period of in-tense, 12 hour a day rehearsals, honing their - admittedly basic - musical skills until razor sharp. What emerged was a version of rock shorn of all ornamentation and show business. Newman and Gilbert’s chord sequences often took unexpected turns, Graham Lewis’s unique lyrics were vivid but oblique and Grey’s drumming was minimal and metronomic.
Having hit a peak of inventiveness and productivity, Wire have been playing strings of sold out shows and achieving career best album sales, as well as being cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands, including Parquet Courts and Sa-vages.
Wire’s latest album is ‘Silver/Lead’, a set of songs which encom-passes the optimistic dazzle of ‘Diamonds In Cups’, the menacing widescreen grandeur of ‘Playing Harp For The Fishes’ and the breakneck paced guitar pop of ‘Short Elevated Period’.
Although their 15th studio album is being released on the 40th an-niversary of Wire’s debut, ‘Silver/Lead’ has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future.