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Reviewed on 21st January 2004.

 
 

Attack! Attack! Attack!

By Black Wire

Now then. A hell of a lot of tripe has been talked has been talked about this lot, a lot of it on the boards of this lil' site. For fuck's sake. Would it be okay if they were less "fashionable", musos? They just wear jeans, t-shirts and Converse for fuck's sake. It's hardly Nicky Clarke is it? Dudes, get over it, you're all sounding old, fat and jealous. Oh yeah, they use a DRUM MACHINE as well. Gasp. Who's heard of it, eh? All this newfangled blasted technology...

If any proof is needed, this is it. The zombies have hit paydirt with the fine, fine "Attack! Attack! Attack!", sounding confident and assured yet raggedy and dirty. Over a sparse, syncopated drum track and tight noo wave bass rumbles the guitars do that twisted surfy/Dead Kennedys thing. The drums give it a "punk-funk" jerky kinda lift, but what the fuck is "punk-funk" anyway? What the fuck is anything? "Very Gun" reminds of early 80s Sheffield shit in its mood at least, and the metronomic hammering beat could be HARD hard techno. The guitars are staccato and the chorus is multi-shouting. The overall effect is unaffected intelligent delinquency. Production is nice as pie also.

They're hard to pin down but they've got a class and authenticity about them that suggests SHIT MAY HAPPEN. Joy Division, The Faint, The Cramps, all have been invoked spiritually and sonically. Ex-rock-rockin'-rock star Pete Doherty likes 'em as well. All those murky denizens of the web who spout on and speculate, have not heard and expect to sound like Sigue Sigue Sputnik will be fuckin' surprised. But the joke is on you, coz if they DID sound like Sigue Sigue Sputnik that would RULE! Assured debut, limited run.

 

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On 22nd January 2004 at 09:48 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Is swearing really the right way to emphasise your points? There's a good overall writing style on this site and none of it relies on effin & blindin!

 

On 22nd January 2004 at 10:52 Anonymous 13 wrote...

I thought it worked pretty well in expressing an attitude to (and of?) the band and their would-be detractors. In some other places it has become so routine that it doesn't work anymore - it just makes the wriitng look lazy.

 

On 22nd January 2004 at 11:09 Anonymous 30 wrote...

True as ever Mr S - guess I'm just a purist...would never have happened in our day, all this cussin'

 

On 22nd January 2004 at 18:33 Anonymous 1055 wrote...

I'm sorry, my language is fucking terrible.

 

On 13th July 2004 at 17:58 Anonymous 2902 wrote...

With regard to Black Wire:- are these people from the Nottingham area by any chance, or are they a Leeds band? The reason I ask is that as someone who is *occasionally* involved in putting on gigs in the Barrow and Furness area, over here in SW Cumbria, I was recently contacted by somebody who was touting for gigs by a band called 'Black Wire', but they're from Nottingham. Are we on about the same band, I wonder? If so it'd be interesting to hear from anyone else who's seen them, for an opinion: (I'm waiting on their demo at the present time, so I know zilch about them)... e-mail me, Derek White at zak_blakk@yahoo.com if you have any answers. Thanks.

 

On 13th July 2004 at 18:06 Dave LMS wrote...

If you go to their site (follow the link from their band profile page on this site) you'll find the following text:

"website for the leeds band black wire. featuring thomas greatorex, dan wilson and simon borg".

 
 
 

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