Thursday, February 13, 2014



Two years in the making, and serving as the follow-up to the band's self-titled 2010 EP, Wire's ten-track debut album "Inward/Outward" had me hooked by it's second track, the heavenly heavy "Tyrannicide"! Produced by Mire, who self-describe their sound as "Hi-Energy Prog Rock" (with influences such as Tool, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, Isis, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Porcupine Tree, Stone Temple Pilots, Soen, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden and Audioslave listed as source material), and one J.P. Nault "Inward/Outward" is a remarkable debut album for a band which has archived recognition as "Band of the Month" from the Quebec Punk Scene! Having shared the stage with the likes of Radio Radio, Courage My Love, Frozen Death, Shatters, Dogbus, Mordicus, Mak, Tiny Danza, Dead Citizen, Volume Collective, Far From Reality, Steinbock, Another Fallen Hero and Dance Over All this Montreal-based five-piece is fronted by J.P. Lachapelle and rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Dave Massicotte, guitarist/keyboardist Bruno Chouinard, bassist Robbie O'Brien and drummer Stephane Boileau. Besides the above-mentioned influences (especially the likes of Tool, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, Isis and Porcupine Tree) one can't help but pick up on bits and pieces of acts as diverse as Coldplay, Radiohead and even (later-day) Linkin Park! All of which should be looked at as a compliment as, despite the unassuming nature of their band name and album-cover, this progressive rock/heavy metal outfit has more then enough attitude to make a track like "Tyrannicide" sound legit while a more "commercial" number "Open Circle" could easily capture the attention modern rock radio listeners and catapult Wire all the way to the top! Helped out greatly by the powerful voice of lead singer J.P. Lachapelle, who, as far as rock front-man go, has the near-perfect blend of soulful-seduction, sexual charisma and street grit to cross the aisle between male and female listeners (something we've seen from Mick Jagger to Axl Rose!), Wire would benefit from a huge push and, if I was more a man of means and connections, this would be one outfit that I would invest in as (mark my words on this one friends) this act is going to be huge one day!

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