I confess that, since seeing Wire in November, I’ve become fairly obsessed with them. My most recent purchase was the ‘Send – Ultimate’ LP which comprises the original ‘Send’ LP (released in 2003) and other tracks from the ‘Read and Burn’ EPs and other contemporary recordings.
The first record of the band’s 2nd comeback, ‘Send’ is a brutal, harsh record and I love it. Whilst the sleeve notes quote a range of avant garde influences, the obvious one for me not mentioned is Band of Susans – the structure of the guitars is very similar and Bruce Gilbert of course once made a record with Robert Poss and Susan Stenger.
Here are the original four members playing two tracks from ‘Send’ live: