Pink Flag’s rapidfire bursts of punkily jolting mini-song (21 tunes in 35 minutes) to the complexly structured, synth-laden explorations of follow-ups Chairs Missing and 154. Their most recent phase finds them exploring a superbly brutish yet tuneful guitar/bass/drums minimalism that’s heard to sensational effect on the band’s new Silver/Lead set, out March 31 on their own Pinkflag label. Wire also curate a series of international city festivals called Drill, which gather classic “left field” artists and similarly edge music–minded emerging talent. Drill L.A. offers performances by Wire, Bob Mould, Julia Holter, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, Mikal Cronin, Fitted (Mike Watt and Bob Lee with Wire’s Graham Lewis and Matthew Simms) and the Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra, among many worthy others. Also Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1; official Drill afterparty hosted by Part Time Punks on Sunday, April 2.
Revered art-punks Wire have long confounded expectations with an ever-morphing aesthetic, ranging from 1977 debut album