The follow-up to Mind Hive, released earlier this year, will be out on April 18 as a Record Store Day vinyl-exclusive release compiling a handful of what the band describes as “strays”—or songs that were never fully realized in the recording studio. Pre-order your copy here.
The first single is a new version of “Small Black Reptile,” originally included on their 1990 album Manscape.
"10:20 is a glimpse into the working practice of the band and may perhaps give clues as to why Wire has retained such a singular identity through the years. The album divides in to two halves – the 2010 side & the 2020 side – hence the title. When Wire plays live there are, in the main, three classes of piece: new songs, old songs and ‘new old’ songs. The latter often involves taking something that existed on a previous release and re-working it, very often evolving a stage highlight from it. There also pieces that have never seen a major release but for some reason never fitted on an album. The best of these ideas have been recorded in two sessions – one relating to Red Barked Tree but recorded in 2010 and another relating to Mind Hive and released in 2020."
Listen to “Small Black Reptile,” below.