Wire: Primed & Ready

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  • 9.1.20


The first preview of Mind Hive, the upcoming seventeenth studio album by the great Wire, arrived more than two months ago, and it is now followed by another new track. Primed & Ready finds the band sounding witty and creative, even through the more minimal path which their songwriting goes through, although vocalist and guitarist, Colin Newman thinks otherwise.

"Primed And Ready was the easiest song to write on the album, written in less time than it takes to play it," Newman states. "There’s nothing remotely ‘clever’ about the chord sequence and structure, and there’s only three chords: Two in the verse and one in the chorus. As in all things Wire, less is more."

"The lyric/text for this song could be read as a series of questions, set in 2017," bassist, Graham Lewis reveals. "Who could have known the answers would be, in no particular order: Liverpool FC, me, Boris the Spider, 67 and Lieutenant Colonel?"

Mind Hive releases January 24th, 2020 via Wire's own imprint, Pink Flag.



Wire Tour dates:

01/27 Bristol, UK - The Fleece
01/28 Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
01/29 Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
01/30 Glasgow, UK - G2 (The Garage)
01/31 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
02/01 Brighton, UK - Chalk
03/03 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
03/04 Chicago, IL - Metro
03/06 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03/07 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03/09 Washington, DC - Union Stage
03/10 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
03/11 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/13 Boston, MA - Sinclair
03/14 Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
03/16 Toronto, ON - Great Hall
05/21 London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall




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