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- Posted on Jan 11th 2011 4:00PM by Joe Tacopino
"It seems like a weird thing because hardcore was happening in the USA when Britain certainly was not interested in punk," Wire singer/guitarist Colin Newman tells Spinner. "Nobody was listening to rock music even -- certainly punk rock was old as the hills -- so it came as a complete shock that there was a bunch of hardcore bands who really looked up to Wire."
The band's 12th studio album, 'Red Barked Tree,' is out now and like most post-'70s Wire material, it features a variety of moods, textures and sounds. Still, the most notable aspect is Wire's emphasis on the seamless quality of the album as a whole, instead of just a collection of songs.
"That's a slightly old-fashioned view, one of the few old-fashioned views I admit to, which is the desire to make an album," Newman says. "Most people aren't making albums anymore. That's the situation that's really obtained since the '90s. It's not a new thing."
Since the band's reformation in 1999, they've seen a resurgence of attention from fans and critics alike, but Wire still can't seem to escape the nostalgia of their early work and the indelible impact it had on the American indie scene.
"[Pitchfork] actually wanted us to do their festival, I think two years ago," Newman says. "They insisted that we only play '70s material and we politely refused because we don't do that."
Wire's bassist Graham Lewis agrees, saying the band's early material works only in the context of their entire catalog, not alone as a nostalgia act.
"If you are playing older material what you are trying to do is infuse it with the essence which you think is relevant to now," he says, "rather than thinking that you're trying to emulate something former."