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Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag Records)

03/28/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



3/28/2013 - Everyone has, or had in the past, a go-to band for heading-out-to-the-club-prep, and Wire was my chosen poison during my 20s, and so I may as well be reviewing an album from a family member. Diehard Wire fans can be found on the net uttering bizarre maxims pulled from the arcane lyrics to “Drill,” a song they’ve done 100 different times in 100 different ways, but newbies are welcome too, and in fact they need to be in your iPod if you’re into oldschool crook-leg glum-rock like Siouxsie, Depeche Mode and Joy Division. There’s really no band that’s more eerily inviting, tastefully British, and at the same time pleasingly noisy than Wire. Tagged as art-rock more for their dada-nonsense lyrics than anything else, they’ve lived weird near-superstar lives, working at record stores one day, playing 80,000-attendance festivals the next, and it looks like little’s changed since back when I stole random girlfriends. Here, they pretty-up speed-punk beats (“Love Bends”); make irresistible noise-rock with their trademark corrugated sound (“Reinvent Your Second Wheel”); throw a weirdo-ska curveball (“Eels Sang”) and wrap the album up by reminding the fat cats who destroyed the economy that we know where they live (“Attractive Space”). If I called them the Big Star of alt-rock, you’d probably hate my guts (with good reason), but dang, that’s what they are, so please get this album. A+






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