by Seamus Simpson
So Sunday night, Nov 17, I took a chance to go see one of all-time favorite bands WIRE at the Echoplex in what I expected to be a fantastic show, but now I kind of wished I missed it. I started my day as any usual Sunday which is say finding interesting way to make un-known and undiscovered cocktails. This turned out to be fairly entertaining for me even though I made no new discoveries and instead started filming a buddy cop film with my cat Aleister Meowley. As it turns out he is not very good at taking directions because, well, he is a cat. Still these are thing I do to past the time between all the rock and roll in my life.
After meeting with my good friend and having a nip or two at his place we trampled down to the Echoplex just in time to see the end of Chasity Belt which from what I vaguely remember were an all-female band. In fact to honest I think that’s all I remember about them. I didn’t seem to get the impression they were bad, but it’s hard to get a bead on a band that you catch approximately 2-3 minutes of on your way out to the patio to grab a smoke. I will say given the chance I would check them out again.
So with a couple of beers and a few shots I wandered up to the stage to see WIRE hopefully blow my minds. I had seen them play here a few years back when they were touring for their Object 47 as was blown away by how tight and great they sounded. I had high expectations for this show, and maybe that is the problem. I might have expected too much. The band came out and kicked it off with an old classic in "Marooned" and I was feeling good about where we were going. Colin sounded strong on the vocals, Graham was solid and always and Robert was hitting all the strides on drum and even looked spry for his age to still be playing that solid and that fast. Touring Matthew Simms was a problem for me though. He never seemed into the songs or his laying and had an almost laconic feeling about him that he would rather be anywhere else than on that stage. Which was a shame because took me out of the show. I will admit I haven’t heard the new release Change Becomes Us so there times when I got a little lost.
I really enjoyed the material the played off their excellent last release Red Barked Tree like "Please Take" and "Clay", but overall there seemed to be a drive missing in the form of a black hole that was the guitar coming from of side of the stage. Maybe he was having a bad night. Maybe they were having a bad night, but part of me wishes I just would have left off with that last show I saw and kept that memory rather than have it sullied by this lack luster experience. That said I would go see them again because they are the gods of art rock and a huge influence on my life. Next time it is.