Wire, the sparse and fearsome British postpunk heroes, are on a very, very short list of important and influential bands who are still making music that can hang with their early material. The band has stayed plenty active in recent years, and if you listen to any of their records from the past decade or so, you will hear a band who knows the value of hypnotic repetition, of slash-and-burn guitar riffs, and of general ferocity. The band’s last album, 2013’s Change Becomes Us, was made up entirely of unrecorded songs that they’d written decades ago, and good though it was, it felt like it might be an early sign that this band was finally slowing down. But they’ve just announced that they’ve got a brand-new self-titled album coming out this spring. And “Joust & Jostle,” the first song they’ve shared, shows how wrong that impression was. “Joust & Jostle” is a tough and terse two-minute song, but it has a sweet sense of melody underlying its menace. It’s a good one. Listen below.
Wire is out 4/21 on the band’s own Pinkflag label.