Seminal UK post-punk outfit Wire mined the past for their forthcoming studio full-length, Change Becomes Us, due out March 25th on the band’s own imprint Pink Flag.
“Change Becomes Us began as an exploration of unrecorded material originally written in 1979-80,” the band wrote in an e-mail to its fans (via Exclaim). “Some of this material had only ever existed as quickly prepared sketches for one-off performance; however, subjected to the rigour of a Wire working process of both touring and studio, it evolved organically into what we think is a fascinating hybrid. Liberated from its historic roots, it simply took off! ‘Really fresh!’ is the common quote of the few who’ve heard it!”
Vocalist and guitarist Colin Newman, bassist Graham Lewis, guitarist Matt Simms, and drummer Robert Grey all appear on the record, which marks the band’s thirteenth album to date.
Pre-orders for the album are currently underway at the band’s Pink Flag store, where fans can choose between an assortment of bundles that tie up all sorts of Wire-related goodies. From Newman’s own guitar to the new book Read & Burn: A Book about Wire, they went full nelson this time around. Clearly this isn’t just your average “sticker and wooden box release.”
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