British post-punks Wire are releasing a new album titled Change Becomes Us on Mar. 26, and it looks like this is a reworking and updating of unreleased music from the band's creative heyday. In the Spring of last year, Wire hit Rockfield Studios in Wales to look at releasing some old material that had been played in shows but never was released. Rather than just lift the old songs and record them, the band decided to use them as a template for evolution of the music. What emerged are the songs on Change Becomes Us.
The release materials say "The aim wasn't simply to resuscitate and record old songs; in fact, many of them hadn't become proper songs in the first place, existing only as basic ideas or undeveloped parts. Rather, the objective was to approach that unrealized work as an oblique strategy, a potential springboard for Wire's contemporary, forward-looking processes - a possible point of departure for new compositions."
The music was from 1979-1980, an era the band feels was a creative highpoint for their music, but also a time when the band was splitting apart. Instead of the music being lost to the archives, they decided to release it now.
To mark the release of the album, Wire will play a show at Heaven in London on Mar. 24 to play the album in full. What's more, that kicks off a month of activity called DRILL : LONDON - WIRE : MARCH 2013, which will include shows in the U.S. Stay tuned , and in the meantime, check out the song "Doubles & Trebles" from the forthcoming Change Becomes Us release.