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Transistor Weekend: Wire

  • EartH 11-17 Stoke Newington Road Stoke Newington United Kingdom (map)

Hall - Standing

Looking for somewhere to eat before the show, or a nightcap before you leave? Book an express meal at EartH Kitchen and gain priority access to your event, or simply drop by for a drink after the gig. More info: https://www.earth-kitchen.co.uk/.

With support from audiobooks and Squid.

Wire were formed by Colin Newman (guitar & vocals), Graham Lewis (bass & vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar) and Robert Grey (drums).  The band subjected themselves to a lengthy period of intense, 12 hour a day rehearsals, honing their - admittedly basic - musical skills until razor sharp.  What emerged was a version of rock shorn of all ornamentation and show business.   Newman and Gilbert’s chord sequences often took unexpected turns, Graham Lewis’s unique lyrics were vivid but oblique and Grey’s drumming was minimal and metronomic.

They may have arrived at the same time as punk and drawn on its initial burst of energy, however Wire’s forward looking attitude meant they always stood apart from it.  In fact, Wire could easily lay claim to having been the very first post-punk band.  And yet, it’s equally true to say they could be viewed as part of the British tradition of left field art-school bands which includes Roxy Music and The Pink Floyd.

Fast forward to today, and having hit a peak of inventiveness and productivity, Wire have been playing strings of sold out shows and achieving career best album sales - as well as being cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands, including Parquet Courts and Savages.

This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.

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