Wire - Silver/Lead album review
Post-punk pioneers in their element on their ruby jubilee.
If punk was born out of a reaction to the all powerful prog powerhouse of the mid-70s, post-punk was a reaction to the reaction, retaining punk’s spiky, give-it-a-go attitude while bringing back a sense of poise and artistic ambition beyond three chords and the truth. And at the forefront of this arch, immersive movement – heading out into the field and constantly, impishly moving the goalposts – were Wire, a band whose experimental brilliance was instantly obvious from their earliest steps. This year, they celebrate 40 years of pioneering spirit by releasing their 15th album, and it finds them as electrifying as they were when they put out their debut, Pink Flag, in 1977.