This U.K. outfit the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wire [/lastfm] is again putting the bite back into post-punk. The influence of the band's dark, driving energy and acerbic, clever lyrics can be felt in many of today's young bands (like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bloc Party[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Futureheads[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Franz Ferdinand[/lastfm]). Now it's time to show them who's boss with their twelfth studio album Red Barked Tree. Featuring Wire's core trio of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey augmented by new live guitarist Matt Simms, the new album bites with a more focused, accessible, and powerfully poignant recordings since their inception in the late 70s. They blend traditional and electronic instruments seamlessly; stripping them respectfully of all stereotypical application with more shoegazer guitars than we've heard them pluck in previous efforts. The new album is nothing short but amazing, and continues to offer songs that are both brawny and tender to the touch. Red Barked Tree is set for release on 10th Jan (UK) and the 11th Jan (USA). They will embard on a short North American tour this April starting in Toronto, Ontario in April. Check out more dates below, plus grab your free download of "Two Minutes" -- which, yes, is almost exactly two minutes long. Red Barked Tree: 01 Please Take 02 Now Was 03 Adapt 04 Two Minutes [FREE MP3] 05 Clay 06 Bad Worn Thing 07 Moreover 08 A Flat Tent 09 Smash 10 Down to This 11 Red Barked Trees ______________________________________________________________________________________ Wire North American tour dates: April 1: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON April 2: Le Cabaret du Mile End, Montreal, QC April 3: Middle East Downstairs, Boston, MA April 5: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY April 6: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY April 7: Black Cat, Washington, D.C. April 8: Mohawk, Austin, TX April 9: Metro, Chicago, IL April 12: Dante’s, Portland, OR Wire “Red Barked Tree” (Pink Flag) Release Date: January 11, 2011 Amazon | Label

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