A warm welcome back for Wire 

It’s not like they’ve truly gone MIA or anything. But the brainy UK outfit of Wire was keeping a rather low profile until (minus founder Bruce Gilbert) they reunited for a solid 2008 comeback, “Object 47,” and hit the road to prove they’ve still got it.

But Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey aren’t resting on their been-there, done-that laurels — they return next week with an equally intriguing follow-up, “Red Barked Tree,” and edgy new material like “Adapt,” “Smash” and “Two Minutes,” issued on these shores through the insightful indie Terrorbird.

And it’s hard to understate the importance of Wire.

Back in ’77, they shocked listeners with their jarring, dissonant debut “Pink Flag,” then set their sails for the ethereal horizon on their textural third set in ’79, the classic “154.”

Initially, they made their mark on hardcore combos like Black Flag and Minor Threat, but Wire would go on to influence such diverse artists as Blur, Elastica, even Franz Ferdinand and The Futureheads. With touring guitarist Matt Simms, they’ll soon be hitting the trail again.

Stay tuned for U.S. dates at www.pinkflag.com.

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