Wire were one of the driving forces in the UK’s first postpunk wave, and they were arguably the greatest band that that scene produced. Decades later, they’re still cranking out stark, propulsive, generally asskicking music and releasing it on their own label. That’s a pretty inspirational thing. Even more inspirational: The band’s new self-titled album, their 14th studio LP, still has buzzing, jerking riffage and authoritarian hooks to burn. We’ve already posted the band’s new songs “Joust & Jostle” and “Split Ends,” and now you can stream the whole tough, intense album at NPR.
Wire is out 4/21 on the band’s own Pinkflag label.