Post-punk innovators and stalwarts WIRE have announced the details of their seventeenth studio album Mind Hive, set for release at the beginning of 2020 via the band’s own label pinkflag.

Colin Newman and Co, ahead of the album’s release, which will see the band touring the UK and North America in support, have debuted Mind Hive’s lead single “Cactused”.

The song buzzes bright with its almost tranquil and idyllic synths overlaid with Colin’s Newman’s optimistic vocal delivery. The effect is soothing, yet perhaps betraying the cautionary nature of the lyrical content—augmented aptly by bassist Graham Lewis’s almost childlike dare expressed in the backings vocals, altogether carried along by Mathew Simms plodding energetic guitars.

“Cactused” also is accompanied by a video that uses footage shot by Graham Duff for the forthcoming Wire documentary, People In A Film (More info here on the documentary here).

Watch the video below:

Last year, our editor Frank Deserto spoke with Wire Frontman Colin Newman regarding his 40-year career, which touched upon the plan to record and tour in support of Mindhive in early 2020, which has been more or less achieved on schedule in an attempt to buffer the distance between 2017’s critically acclaimed Silver/Lead, and the re-issue campaign of classic Wire releases.

Read the interview here.

Mind Hive will be released on January 24th, 2020.

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WIRE live dates:

  • January 27 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
  • January 28 – Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall
  • January 29 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
  • January 30 – Glasgow, UK @ G2 (The Garage)
  • January 31 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
  • February 1 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
  • March 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
  • March 4 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
  • March 6 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
  • March 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
  • March 9 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
  • March 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
  • March 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • March 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • March 13 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
  • March 14 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
  • March 15 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
  • May 21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

*Featured photo by Fergus Kelly

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