Wire hit all the right notes with 10:20, a Record Store Day Release, delayed because of the situation much like this review, but more to the point, they rock on this compilation of demos, reissues, and remixes.
This is certainly refreshing for a band getting brighter in sound, but more distant than on Silver/Lead (QRO review) and Mind Hive (QRO review). ‘Solid’ is probably the best way to describe most of these tracks, from raucous punk in the drums all over, see “Art of Persistence” or “Over Theirs”, to the pieces that fade like a sky does with the hour, “Boiling Boy” for instance.
Somehow, Wire are actually slightly more inspiring in this demoed state of crackling, intentional or otherwise. To this point, tracks “German Shepard” and “Underwater Experiences” always mingle with the sense of drama. Further on, “He Knows” adds artistry, and “Small Black Reptile”, with the aforementioned “Over Theirs” or “Wolf Collides” end, release on a sufficiently thumping note to keep the loud theme.
10:20, it turns out, is a welcome addition to a jam-packed, perhaps even flooded, Wire catalogue, which was in desperate need of some more artsy experiments over another live release.