Some shows come around often – others are so rare that they’re practically obligatory – a few of which belong to Wire’s upcoming (and brief) West Coast tour. One of these shows will take place on November 18th at Slim’s in San Francisco, with Chastity Belt (who, by the way, are just as worth seeing as the classic post-punk headliner) opening the night. It’s all a part of their world tour in support of the band’s new album Change Becomes Us, released in April via Pink Flag. This new album is Wire’s first in three years, and received the best reviews of any of their ten albums released in the past 26 years – not bad for their fourth effort since their reunion in 2003.
The west coast tour culminates with DRILL: Seattle, a three day festival that takes place in the title city, with a lineup curated by Wire. Acts playing include Chastity Belt, Helmet, Earth and The Vestals, as well as PinkFlag Guitar Orchestra, all of whom will perform collaborative renditions of “Pink Flag” and “Drill” alongside Wire.
Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see Chastity Belt and Wire onstage together for a song or two in San Francisco. Maybe we won’t. The important question is how many opportunities we’ll have to see Wire again after this tour. It’s an absolute must-go for both longtime fans of Wire and punk enthusiasts of all types. Not to mention Chastity Belt, one of the best up and coming all-female punk-influenced bands of our time.
Wire, Chastity Belt
November 18, 2013