Song of the Day: “The Art of Persistence” by Wire

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Wire (Photo courtesy Clarion Call Media)

English post-punk legends Wire have announced new release details for forthcoming album of strays, 10:20. Originally scheduled for vinyl release on Record Store Day, the album will now receive a full general release on all formats on June 19 via the band’s own label, pinkflag.

Yesterday, the band have also shared the first-ever studio recording of “The Art of Persistence.”

“The Art of Persistence” arrived fully formed when Wire reconvened in 2000, but it was previously only available as a rehearsal room run-through on long deleted EP, The Third Day, or as a live version on Legal Bootleg album Recycling Sherwood Forest.

Here, the song receives the full studio treatment as the group transforms it into a piece of spacious guitar pop with an edge of unease.

The track comes accompanied by footage from WIRE’s performance at Band on The Wall in Manchester on Jan. 28, 2020.

Watch the official music video for “The Art of Persistence” by Wire on YouTube:

10:20 thrives on its own perverse logic. The release features songs the band refers to as ‘strays’. These are recordings of pieces that couldn’t be accommodated on regular albums, as well as compositions that — following their original studio recording – evolved substantially through live performance, and so deserved a new life on record.

Wire also encourage fans to donate to the Save Our Stages campaign, so that shows like this may continue to happen when venues are allowed to re-open. More information here.

For more music by Wire, visit the band’s website.

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