Guitar pedal demo videos are a dime a dozen these days, but those by proper musical legends such as Colin Newman of Wire are rather rarer. That’s why this 10-minute video with him exploring the Eventide H9 multi-effects – which he’s used with Wire as well as his Immersion and Githead projects – while discussing […]
I already got into the complexities of Wire’s early 2000s material last month, so let’s just consider this an extended footnote to that piece. But to sum up: after essentially disbanding a second time in 1991 following the release of Manscape and departure of drummer Robert Gotobed – including a short reincarnation as Wir – […]
I’ve gone down a Wire rabbit hole – more like a giant sinkhole, actually – of late, and there’s presently just too much to wrap my head around to try and compose some kind of meaningful post, so I won’t try just yet. Instead, here’s one of the band’s few official music videos – this […]
If there was a way to measure musical influence per second of recording, Wire’s “Outdoor Miner” would surely be in the 99th percentile. The original version, which appeared on 1978’s Chairs Missing, clocked in at an efficient 1:44 but would be one of the most-loved tracks by the massively influential outfit. Now that quotient drops […]
I don’t recall exactly what it was that endeared me to It Hugs Back at first. It might have been the lo-fi fuzzy bounce of the lead single from their 2009 debut album Inside Your Guitar, or the fact that 4AD sent it to me as a 7″ single. Yes, vinyl is a shortcut to […]
Because I’m that kind of nerd, back in the day (the days in question being the ’90s), I would spend an inordinate amount of time both hunting down back issues of American and British guitar magazines and waiting for new issues of same to come out, mostly hoping for coverage of or better, song transcription […]
Colin Newman and Matt Simms of Wire talked with Guitar Player magazine about their history, gear, and their 2020 album Mind Hive. Because they are guitar players. They speak a common language. Colin Newman and Matt Simms on the Glorious Noise in Wire’s Punk Sound @ Guitar Player
MAGNET looks at the making of Wire’s seminal debut album, an album I bought maybe 20 years ago because I was told I needed to own it, but probably didn’t listen to closely/properly until very recently.