Most people know Wire from their run of groundbreaking post-punk releases spanning the late 1970s, placing them alongside fellow English greats as Gang of Four and The Fall at the forefront of the UK’s art-punk movement. Like their peers, the quartet remained impressively industrious long after their early fame receded, continuing to churn out records before taking a hiatus through the ’90s and returning in 2003, completely rejuvenated, with an LP out via their own Pinkflag Records.
Today the band is already announcing their second full-length release of the year, following January’s Hive Mind. 10:20 is set for release on April 18 as a Record Store Day vinyl-exclusive release compiling a handful of what the band describes as “strays”—or songs that were never fully realized in the recording studio. The first single we’re hearing today, “Small Black Reptile,” is familiar to anyone who’s heard their 1990 album Manscape, though it’s hardly recognizable in its new dreamy new iteration.
Stream the track below (here’s its bare-bones ancestor for reference), and read on for the band’s newly announced West Coast dates.
03.11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.13 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
03.14 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
03.16 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
03.18 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
03.21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
10.08 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom
10.09 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
10.10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
10.11 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
10.13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10.15 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
10.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
10.17 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10.18 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole