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CD released: Apr 14, 2017

Tracklisting:
1. Playing Harp For The Fishes
2. Short Elevated Period
3. Diamonds In Cups
4. Forever & A Day
5. An Alibi
6. Sonic Lens
7. This Time
8. Brio
9. Sleep On The Wing
10. Silver/ Lead
WIRE
SILVER/LEAD
Label: PINK FLAG
Cat No: PF24CD
Barcode: 5024545773323
Packaging: CD Regular

Silver/Lead is the 15th studio album from musical pioneers Wire. It arrives on the 40th anniversary of their debut per-
formance. Yet it's about as far from nostalgia as you could get. This is the sound of a uniquely addictive 21st century

psychedelic post-punk. Colin Newman and Matt Simms' guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist

Graham Lewis's ear-catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual master-
class in percussive minimalism. But it's how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. And Newman's

production creates a sonic space in which even the smallest gesture is accorded some recognition.

Highlights include the optimistic dazzle of 'Diamonds In Cups', with its almost T. Rex-style buzz and chug, and the

moody swing of 'This Time'. Elsewhere on the musical spectrum, there's the menacing widescreen grandeur of

'Playing Harp for the Fishes' and breakneck-paced guitar pop of 'Short Elevated Period'.

Wire are one of the world's most ground-breaking bands, their influence acknowledged by bands as diverse as Blur,

Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Savages. But they have never been interested in exploiting past glories. For Wire, there is

only ever one possible direction: forwards. So it's perhaps not surprising that over recent years, they've played strings

of sold-out shows, achieved career-best record sales, and been cited as a strong influence by yet another generation

of bands.

Wire's last three albums garnered nothing but rave reviews. From 2013's strangely beautiful Change Becomes Us

("It's fantastic." - Pitchfork) to the crackling motorik of 2015's Wire ("It's all really well turned, potent and crisp." - The

Guardian), and last year's punchy mini-album Nocturnal Koreans ("It's a cracker and sounds defiantly modern." - The

Quietus). Consequently, although it may be being released on the band's 40th anniversary, Silver/Lead is an album

which has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future.

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