This week PIANO WIRE play a free show in London.
The band are recording their debut album and will be playing a bunch of new songs.
What does the record sound like? Well take a peek inside of Sean,Tim,.Andy and Sym’s minds, via the magic of Spotify and add £0.0002 these bands royalties.
These are four really excellent selections. If you don’t know some of these songs, now is your chance for enlightenment.
I spent some time on the road last week with PIANO WIRE. They are fun and inspiring to hang out with, as ever and, at my age, going on the road a little is quite enough excitement by itself. They’ve always been a great live band. That’s what caught my eye about them in the first place. Obviously. There’s an amazing history behind Andy and Sym with 80s Matchbox and now Sean and Tim have taken that spirit and channelled it into something bold and completely new.
But something has happened. They’ve worked really hard in the last year and have been writing lots and lots and discarding lots of lots and getting better and better. Dragging themselves up by their own bootstraps. The live set has changed at a furious pace.
But something has happened. They don’t just play the songs now. They are locked in battle with them and the energy is furious and ragged and the result is burned right through your eyes and ears and nailed to the inside of your skull. It’s loud. And that’s an essential part of it but that’s not what makes it deafening. It’s a beautiful noise, a righteous fury that channels your attention and shuts out all other sensory input. It’s physical and it’s exciting and the songs pile up, one after another, hook after hook, Andy and Sean firing guitar and vocal melodies at each other. PIANO WIRE command your whole attention and leaves you breathless and spent at the end of the show.
That’s the goal, right?
Here’s a live track shot on iPhone in Scotland last week. It’s called Get A Life Dishonour and it’s badass.
Don’t take my word for it, though. The legendary Steve Gullick (who shot the I’ll Kill You video) and Stevie Chick from Loose Lips wrote this brilliant brilliant piece on the band after witnessing them take strips of London’s Lexington a month or so back.
photo by Steve Gullick
Last friday’s SOLD OUT show at The Social featured DJ sets from Faris and myself.
Here’s a Spoti-link to my set, or something like it. Seems a lot of my selections are not on Spotify
- HOWL Holy Strays
- FRANKFURT ADVICE Weatherall
- LOVE IS THE DRUG (TERJE) Roxy Music
- LAZARETTO Jack White
- MANIPULATOR Ty Segall
- FREAKIN OUT Death
- WEST COAST Fidlar
- COOL White Reaper
- SONG #1 Fugazi
- PRO ANTI ANTI Liars
- CHROME RADIO ROCKS The Toes
- THE QUARRY Urbe Blanca
- STAGE OR SCREEN UMO
- SHAKE Cowboy Rhythmbox
- STONE FIST Health
- LIST OF DEMANDS Saul Williams
- BLACK SILK STOCKING Chrisma
- ELEPHANT (RUNDGREN MIX) Tame Impala
- SELECTIVE WALKING Weatherall
- POLICE ON MY BACK Clash
- FUNN White Reaper
- BRAND NEW CADILLAC Vince Taylor
- YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME 13th Floor Elev
- LEVITATE ME Pixies
- COULD YOU BE THE ONE? Husker Du
- CAB IT UP The Fall
- SWEAT LOAF Butthole Surfers
- CALLING ALL DESTROYERS T Rex
- IT’S OVER Ty Segall
- INTO THE CAVE Lonelady
- WATER WATER Empress Of
- GBG BELONGS TO ME Air France
- I CAN NEVER BE MYSELF Chromatics
- I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM Gang of Four
- HARD TIMES Human League
- OCTOBER LOVE SONG Chris & Cosey
- STRAIGHTEN ME UP Shaun Ryder
- MUSCLES & JUNGLE Urbe Blanca
- PUBLIC IMAGE PiL
- I WANT CANDY Bow Wow Wow
- HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks
- HEADACHE Metz