Legendary post-punks Wire have announced a new album, and its one with a slight twist. ’Not About To Die’ is out on June 24th via pinkflag, and it sees the band reclaiming tracks from an early 80s bootleg of the same name. The album was made up of demos recorded by the band originally intended for their second and third albums – Chairs Missing and 154, which were recorded for EMI with cassette copies circulated amongst record compay employees but never intended for release.
The band have decided to take matters into their own capable hands, and all the tracks have been remastered with relevant recording details in place. As for the sleeve artwork, whilst it strongly references the original, it is decidedly more artful in its execution.
The first glimpse of the record comes in the shape of Stepping Off Too Quick, a song that Colin Newman half-jokingly claims has “The best intro to any song ever”. Taking up a decent proportion of the just under one and half minutes of the track, it is indeed a stellar opening, but also dips into the usual Wire armoury of deliciously infectious melodies, scuffed up punk/post-punk and decorated with irresistible vocal harmonies.
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‘Not About To Die’ will be released on June 24th via pinkflag.