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DOWNLOAD: Wire - "Two Minutes" (MP3)

Wire at Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)

Wire will return to in 2011 with a spanking new LP and a string of US dates! Red Barked Tree is the title of the band's follow up to Object 47, and it'll see the light of day on January 11 via their own Pink Flag imprint.

"Red Barked Tree was conceived, written and recorded mostly during 2010 by the pared-down line-up of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey -- with no guests. Ranging from the hymnal "Adapt" to the barking sledgehammer art-punk of "Two Minutes," the album encompasses the full palette of style and nuance that has always endeared Wire to pastel-tinged pop aficionados and bleeding-edge avant-rockers alike."
Download "Two Minutes" from that album above. Stream it below.

Less than three months after the album release, the post-punk legends will hit the road for a short batch of East Coast dates. NYC gets a double dose with Music Hall of Williamsburg hosting on 4/5 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/6. AmEx presale for both NYC shows begins at noon on Wednesday, 11/17, with regular sale kicking off at noon on Friday.

All tour dates, the stream of new song "Two Minutes", full new album tracklist and videos, below...

Wire - "Two Minutes"


The Wire - Red Barked Tree tracklist
01 Please Take
02 Now Was
03 Adapt
04 Two Minutes
05 Clay
06 Bad Worn Thing
07 Moreover
08 A Flat Tent
09 Smash
10 Down to This
11 Red Barked Trees

WIRE: Heartbeat (1979)

Wire - He Knows / Pink Flag - The Metro - Chicago, 10/18/08

April 01: Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
April 02: Montreal, QC @ Le Cabaret du Mile End
April 03: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
April 05: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg,
April 06: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
April 07: Washington DC @ Black Cat
April 08: Austin, TX @ Mohawk
April 09: Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 12: Portland, OR @ Dante's

Wire - all 2011 tour dates
Jan 11: Rough Trade East, London, UK INSTORE
Jan 15: Kings Arms, Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 19: Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Jan 20: Beck's Festival Bar, Sydney, Australia
Jan 21 & 23: Moma Fona Festival, Hobart, Australia FREE ENTRY
Jan 25: The Bakery, Perth, Australia
Feb 01: Komedia, Brighton, UK
Feb 02: The Scala, London, UK
Feb 03: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Feb 04: Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Feb 05: Academy 2, Dublin, Eire
Feb 06: Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, UK
Feb 08: Caberat Voltaire, Edinburgh, UK
Feb 09: King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
Feb 10: The Fleece, Bristol, UK
Feb 11: Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Feb 12: Point Ephemere, Paris, France
Feb 14: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 17: Moby Dick, Madrid, Spain
Feb 18: Sala Apolo 2, Barcelona, Spain
Feb 19: Velvet, Rimini, Italy
Feb 21: Circolo Degli Arti, Rome, Italy
Feb 22: Live Club, Milan, Italy
Feb 23: Abart, Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 24: Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
Feb 25: Atomic Cafe, Munich, Germany
Feb 26: Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Feb 28: Luxor, Koln, Germany
Mar 01: Knust, Hamburg, Germany
Mar 02: Debaser, Malmo, Sweden
Mar 03: John Dee, Oslo, Norway
Mar 04: Blaest, Trondheim, Norway
Mar 05: Garage, Bergen, Norway
Mar 08: Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 09: Little Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 01: Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada
Apr 02: Le Cabaret du Mile End, Montreal, Canada
Apr 03: Middle East Downstairs, Boston, USA
Apr 05: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA
Apr 06: Bowery Ballroom, NYC, USA
Apr 07: Black Cat, Washington DC, USA
Apr 08: Mohawk, Austin, USA
Apr 09: Metro, Chicago, USA
Apr 12: Dante's, Portland, USA



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Comments (14)

Smart band to skip over Philly...

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2010 6:48 PM

FUCK YOU!!!! I was crossing my fingers for a Philly date!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2010 7:26 PM

Here is a live track (The 15th) from South Side Seaport in 2008:

Keep in mind while listening to this, that it was written in 1979 - exactly one light-year ahead of its time.

Posted by Ample | November 15, 2010 7:44 PM

6:48 - Civic pride is for uneducated meatheads. Civic angst is for guys who think people like them, but can't get a girlfriend. Unless 3 or more people from Philly raped your mother, I don't think you have a real case against the city.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2010 8:30 PM

Hey 8:30 - Just face it. Philly sucks. Get over it. I hope you rot in hell for ever mentioning rape. Better yet, go fuck yourself. Stay in Philly and do us all a favor you fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2010 11:47 PM

"Wire" we discussing Philly

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 8:47 AM

isn't this the band that covered that elastica song? JUUUUUUUUUUUST kidding :)

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 8:55 AM

They're just great! I hope I can see them in Berlin! :)

Posted by Pareja contacto | November 16, 2010 9:23 AM

No reason to go to Philly. Can't wait for this show at Bowery.
Best place to see a show in NY. Fuck yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 9:24 AM

Urban civic feuds are disturbingly moronic. Philly and NYC are both great cities in relative comparison to the rest of the country. It just so happens that Philly is better than with THAT f--ktards!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 9:26 AM

8:30, Louis CK wants his joke back

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 9:46 AM

Jeez, from the looks of these comments alone, I guess this news story ISN'T about Wire after all...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:48 AM

aah Philly ...

Wire played two shows in Phila. in the '80s that I attended.

First was directly after they reunited and issued the "Snakedrill" EP and "The Ideal Copy" long-player - true to their original form, they played none of their "classic" tracks from the '70s, but hired as support a band calling themselves "Ex-Lion Tamers" who played "Pink Flag" complete & in order (and without pause comment or stage chatter, except for the lead singer whispering "side two" between the songs "Pink Flag" and "The Commercial"). The place was packed, anticipation ran high, and the band delivered a terrific show, almost entirely drawn from their then-current catalog.

Not long after that Wire released "A Bell Is A Cup ..." and toured again -- too soon? They played a smaller venue, half-full this time. The crowd was sparse enough that Robert G could wander freely through the room playing hand percussion during "A Public Place"; Lewis noted the small turnout and said drily, "We're Wire. You must be the chosen few."

Per another post - I'm sorry now that I didn't brave the crowds for the Seaport show in '08 -- didn't realize that they were going to play the "hits" (e.g., "The 15th") - I may have to check out one of the shows in NYC ...

Also - do I take it that Robert G is back full-time? (He had left for a while and the other three put a CD out under the name Wir - get it?) But what about Bruce Gilbert? He didn't play on the new recordings, but will he be touring? Here's hoping.

Forgive the long post.

Posted by robert gotobed | November 16, 2010 5:45 PM

This should be good even though its not every member. These three Wire members have made some great albums and solo work.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 7:15 PM

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