Re-wired: How post-rock became part of prog
From Wire’s seminal Pink Flag debut through to the current crop of sonic pioneers, post-rock has evolved over the last four decades to become something surprising: a key part of prog music
There’s a great song on Silver/Lead, the enthralling new album from Wire, that could easily be taken as some kind of manifesto. Diamonds In Cups features the simple lyric: ‘The course of creation is often quite strange/Keep your mind open, be willing to change.’
This adaptability and openness has been central to Wire’s development over the past 40 years, during which time they swiftly shook off their early punk connotations and evolved through distinct variations on art rock, electronica, ambient music, psychedelia and experimental sounds.