Wire are Primed And Ready with new single release

Wire (Image credit: Fergus Kelly)

Wire have released a stream of their brand new single titled Primed And Ready.

The track has been taken from the band’s upcoming album Mind Hive, which is set to arrive on January 24 through their own Pinkflag label, with the song coming after Cactused premiered in October last year.

Bassist Graham Lewis says: “The lyric/text for this song could be read as a series of questions, set in 2017.

“Who could have known the answers would be, in no particular order: Liverpool FC, me, Boris the Spider, 67 and Lieutenant Colonel?”

Vocalist and guitarist Colin Newman adds: “Primed And Ready was the easiest song to write on the album, written in less time than it takes to play it. 

“There’s nothing remotely ‘clever’ about the chord sequence and structure, and there’s only three chords: Two in the verse and one in the chorus. As in all things Wire, less is more.”

Wire are preparing to embark on a UK tour later this month, which will be followed by further shows across North America.

Wire: Mind Hive

Wire: Mind Hive
Wire return with their 17h studio album Mind Hive - the follow-up to  2017's Silver/Lead. The record features the lead singles Cactused and Primed And Ready.

Wire: Mind Hive
1. Be Like Them
2. Cactused
3. Primed And Ready
4. Off The Beach
5. Unrepentant
6. Shadows
7. Oklahoma
8. Hung
9. Humming

Wire 2020 tour dates
Jan 27: Bristol The Fleece, UK
Jan 28: Manchester Band On The Wall
Jan 29: Birmingham Hare & Hounds, UK
Jan 30: Glasgow The Garage G2, UK
Jan 31: Leeds Brudenell Social Club, UK
Feb 01: Brighton Chalk, UK
Mar 03: Minneapolis Fine Line, MN
Mar 04: Chicago Metro, IL
Mar 06: Nashville Mercy Lounge, TN
Mar 07: Atlanta Variety Playhouse, GA
Mar 09: Washington Union Stage, DC
Mar 10: Philadelphia Underground Arts, PA
Mar 11: Brooklyn Music Hall Of Williamsburg, NY
Mar 12: Brooklyn Music Hall Of Williamsburg, NY
Mar 13: Boston Sinclair, MA
Mar 14: Ottawa Bronson Centre, ON
Mar 15: Toronto Great Hall, ON
May 21: London Islington Assembly Hall, UK

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.