Wire are said to be the definitive post punk band thanks to their ability to create songs with perfectly balanced doses of experimentation and accessibility. The band was born out of the 1976 punk scene but their members, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Gotobed, wanted to go beyond. This soon became evident as they kick-started their career with one of the best albums of all times. Their debut album, Pink Flag, was released in 1977 and contained brief, varied songs that were both enigmatic and nonconformist within the punk scene. The band continued to experiment over the following years and their search for a different sound brought Chairs Missing (1978) and 154 (1979), which were masterpieces in their own right. These two albums were colder and with longer and more melodic songs, raising the bar at all levels. Ever wanting to challenge music boundaries, the band then had a pause in their career over the 80s and the 90s. Albums like The Ideal Copy (1987) or Send (2003) show their commitment to creating a different sound and to coming out of their comfort zone, not wanting to be labelled. Throughout a career spanning 40 years, Wire have influenced names such as Manic Street Preachers, Sonic Youth, R.E.M, Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand, amongst
others. Their restless spirit is still very much alive and their latest album, Mind Hive (2020) is proof of this, with distorted guitar sounds and an electronic element with the charm of their early years. New tracks like “Cactused”, as well as some of their classics will make for an unforgettable visit to Portugal, on July 16 th only at Super Bock Super Rock.