The Lexington has seen its fair share of great music but on Tuesday night it witnessed musical history in the making. With the X Factor currently taking over our television screens it’s great to finally hear a real bona fide band returning to show all of those auto-tuned idiots how it’s really done. They proved this not only by premiering tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Red Barked Tree’ but also mixing it in with some cold, hard classics.
The crowd were eager to see what’s next for a band whose career has spanned decades but as soon as Wire stepped onto the stage it was like nothing had changed. Colin Newman looked at home delivering those iconic vocals. And Graham Lewis’ quirky bass lines were as sharp as ever. They even had the time to crack a couple of jokes with the audience who of course listen intently.
Wire play new songs ‘Clay’ and ‘Please Take’ which seem to go down well but it’s the familiar riff of ‘Two People in a Room’ that really gets those juices going. The lucky ones at the front are beaming, watching the return of their favourite band.
The band finish with ‘Pink Flag’, probably the most energetic song of the night, and as Newman frantically jerks around on stage, you think he’s there for the long haul. Everyone leaves the show all beaming smiles, just knowing that they have experienced one of those ‘you should have been there’ gigs. It’s like they’ve never been away.
Words and photos by Sophie Williams