Submitted by Dr Volume on 20 March 2013 - 12:18am
What's it called?:
Change Becomes Us
What does it sound like?:
Having recorded 3 iconic post-punk LPs in the late 70s, Wire began work on the 4th but only got as far as playing the new songs at a series of audience baffling shows (captured on the notorious Live LP 'Document & Eyewitness') before imploding amid record company strife and good old fashioned musical differences. Fast forward to 2013 (via a fascinating on/off career and late period flourish) and Wire have revisited the unfinished tracks from that period, but this is far from dusting off old demo tapes or recreating the past. The songs have acted as a jumping off point for what is a magnificent, brand new record. There are spiky, urgent tracks that recall Wire at their best circa '154', some bouncy post-punk jerkiness, shiny 80s Wire pop, some hypnotic drones, lots of shouting, and lots of the almost proggy shimmering dreaminess that characterises their more recent work. New member Matt Simms adds some extra crunch and it all adds up to a record that stands up with their best.
What does it all *mean*?:
Lyrics range from vaguely unsettling to the wonderfully absurd. Sample lyric: "No stinking Butlin’s Ian, playing cupid an angina i.e. brine, night sown too inky, Heidi nil and eels sang (lino)". Beady Eye this ain't.
Goes well with …:
There are tracks like 'Magic Bullet' and 'Love Bends' that sit happily alongside Wire's poppermost tracks like 'Map Ref' and 'Kidney Bingos'. Yes it's that good. I can't think of another band of Wire's vintage still producing work as vital as this
Might suit people who like …:
Wire's last LP 'Red Barked Tree' caught the ears of many who may have given up on the band after their imperial phase. If you enjoyed that record you'll love this one, and if you only know the late 70s era Wire you really need to hear this.