Despite being 40 years into their career, post-punk icons Wire show no signs of slowing down.
Ok, that’s not strictly true – throughout their career the band have covered a wide range of sounds, styles and paces. And this, their third album in as many years sees the quartet – much loved by everyone from REM to Blur – move into more relaxed mod after some rumbustious material on 2016’s ‘Nocturnal Koreans’.
Thus, speedy hooks like ‘Short Elevated Period’ stand out among the more reflective and atmospheric pieces. The spidery guitar lines on ‘This Time’ recall the
transition from punk debut ‘Pink Flag’ to the more artsy ‘Chairs Missing’, and the dreamy ‘Brio’ would fit into the soundscapes of landmark release ‘154’.
The hair may be silver, but on this showing, Wire still lead the way.
(This review originally appeared in the Rugby Advertiser)