Saturday, 5 May 2018

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"the pink flag"
Year:    1977
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    21
Time:   40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock













Wire were born at the dawn of punk, but they became the quintessential art band. In the three closing years of the 1970s, the English quartet had one of the greatest opening runs of any band, shifting to post-punk before punk began to go stale and forging three masterpieces in a creative furnace so hot it burned out by the end of 1980. Those albums-- Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154-- still sound remarkably fresh, and have been re-mastered and reissued with their original vinyl tracklistings, both individually and as part of a five-disc set, 1977>1979, that also includes live performances recorded in London (in 1977) and New York (1978). Pink Flag was a fractured snapshot of punk alternately collapsing in on itself and exploding into song-fragment shrapnel. The record's minimalist approach means the band spends only as much time as needed on each song-- five of them are over in less than a minute, while a further nine don't make it past two. It's clear you're not getting a typical 1977 punk record from the opening seconds of "Reuters", an echoing bass line that quickly comes under attack by ringing but dissonant guitar chords. The tempo is arrested, lurching along to the climactic finale when Colin Newman, as the narrating correspondent, shouts "Looting! Burning!" and then holds out the lone syllable of "rape" twice over descending chords, which grind to a halt over chanting voices. It's all the bombast, tension, and release of a side-long prog opus in just three minutes. As if to underscore that this isn't a predictable album, the next song, "Field Day For the Sundays", rages to a close in just 28 seconds. The band acknowledges the thin line between advertising jingles and pop songs on the 49-second instrumental "The Commercial", but also write a few genuinely hummable songs, like "Three Girl Rhumba", whose guitar part is actually more of a tango, and the more identifiably punk "Ex-Lion Tamer". "Strange," meanwhile, makes the mistake of sticking around, only to be eaten by spacey amp noise and quivering ambience-- a taste of things to come (*Review writen by Joe Tangari ).
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"chairs missing"
Year:    1978
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    15
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk




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"154"
Year:    1979
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            New Wave            Experimental




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"send"
Year:    2003
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD
Tracks:    13
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Art Rock









if revival acts ran the world, we'd all still be searching for the wheel. Now, some of these bands are great at what they do-- if we were ever to eventually discover the wheel, after all, you can bet it would be the roundest goddamned wheel humanity had ever known-- but tail-chasing can only go so far. So in hindsight, is it that surprising that Wire's two Read & Burn EPs from last year marked such a successful return after a decade-long hiatus? Simultaneously resisting the cop-out of cannibalizing the sound of their classic late-70s material, and dodging any self-conscious stab at avant-garde, Wire sound nearly as essential now as they ever have. Who ever said comebacks were tough? All it takes is a preternatural sense of musical trends and history, a cunning knack for timing, and the willingness to completely reinvent yourself. "Send" continues in the Wire tradition of post-punk, avantgarde and original compositions, but perhaps incorpored also elements of noise rock and different type of distortions and noises, both on instruments and also on voices. Then in 2003 the album was quite unnoticied but the true is this recording is notable and highly recommended for those usual Wire followers.
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"object 47"
Year:    2008
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    9
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Indie Rock











The legendary punk band's 11th studio album is its first without Bruce Gilbert, making it an unexpected turning point despite appearing more than 30 years into Wire's career. The album opens with a rush on "One of Us", with Graham Lewis' sharp and strongly melodic bassline, Grey's efficient beat, and a Colin Newman vocal that may be his best since the band reunited in 1999-- his refrain ("one of us will live to rue the day we met each other") is both ominous and oddly celebratory. In fact, the track is so strong that the rest of the record feels like a bit of a let-down in contrast. At least at first. While none of the other songs share the opener's bracing immediacy, they eventually reveal more subtle charms and innovations on repeated listens.

Part of this replayability stems from the fact that the album's nine songs are widely varied. "Perspex Icon" finds Newman layering guitar tracks and filtering his voice to fit the straightforward punk his bandmates give him-- one of few times the band attempts to compensate for Gilbert's absence with overdubs. On "Circumspect", they simply let Newman's circular guitar figure get swallowed by undulating bass while he sings in a subdued, almost tired tone. "Four Long Years" is effortlessly rhythmic, but it still has that very distinctive sonic coloration-- mechanistic but warm-- that's characterized Wire's reunion records. Neither post-punk nor gothic rock but a bright, colorful and optimistic effort closer to indie rock or simply pop.
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"red barked tree"
Year:    2010
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Indie Rock









Red Barked Tree is the twelfth studio album by the English punk band Wire, digitally released on 20 December 2010, and as a CD and LP on 10 January 2011. Featuring eleven tracks covering a diverse range of musical styles (pop, alternative, punk...), the record was well received by critics, who found the record representing the "essence of their best work", covering "virtually all aspects of Wire's varied history" to create "a stylistic best-of composed of new material. Another superb album from one of my favourite bands of all time. However, I strongly urge all not to buy this release on vinyl. It is covered in small dents, it crackles, and, most disappointingly of all, just sounds plain awful. Suggestive of a cheaply-done pressing. A friend bought it on CD, however, and it sounds great, so I advise going with that.Wire have successfully reinvented themselves once again, this time as wise elder statesmen cautioning against a world where over-reliance on GPS systems has replaced the basic survivalist skill of knowing your map references.
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"change becomes us"
Year:    2013
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Art Rock



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"idem"
Year:    2015
Label:    Pink Flag Records
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    39 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk



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"nocturnal koreans"
Year:    2016
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    32 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Art Rock



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"silver / lead"
Year:    2017
Label:    Pink Flag
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk



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