- Blast Reporter
Wire @ Man on the Moon, Cambridge - Wednesday 28th July 2004
was my very first interview as a Blast Reporter for the BBC
and my nerves got the best of me as I travelled to Cambridge.
I didnt really know what to expect from Black Wire so
I went on their website to get some background information
and looked through pictures and their biography.
entered the Man on the Moon, which is a really nice venue,
with a big stage and enough area for people to move around.
I was standing watching the support bands when I came across
Simon who walked past me. I knew it was him from the photos
so I approached him and he gracefully said I could interview
them. Their tour bus was of a great standard and the lads
were really friendly which calmed my nerves. We sat down and
after I accidentally trod on their dinner for the night, which
consisted of sandwiches, (sorry about that lads) I began
thought of the name Black Wire?
"We all thought of the name Black Wire, we put two words
together that fitted nicely and thought Black Wire was a good
name. We were going to have the name Black Love if it was
up to Simon but Daniel and Tom were having none of it, and
ended up with the name Black Wire."
is the tour going?
"The tour is going really well, every gig has been absolutely
amazing and anyone who reads this interview should come see
us for themselves."
I'm doing a report for youth, could you give some advice for
young bands that want to get as far as you have?
"Practise, behave, and make sure you do your homework!"
do you do during your spare time when you're not recording/writing/touring?
"We dont have any spare time, the band is 24-7
life!" (Although Daniel somehow manages to fit in studying
for a graphic art and design degree at University!)
did you guys get together?
"Dan and Simon have been friends since they were eight
years old. When they went to Leeds they met Tom and asked
him to be in the band."
you enjoying being on the road?
"Its wicked, everyone should go on tour."
are your inspirations?
"The Cribbs, a band from Leeds. Also The Cramps, The
Specials, 80s Matchbox."
you get annoyed with each other?
"No, we're kinda like sisters doing it for ourselves."
you missing people from home?
"Yes, but we're getting a lot of support."
you played any big venues?
"Our third gig was at Leeds Met University. It's
got a 1000 capacity, that was terrifying but the crowd was
have supported the Libertines, that must have been amazing?
"Yeah, it was. The crowd were amazing, because there
was such a complete range of people watching us. Everybody
seemed to be into it, which was good."
you been in any magazine articles?
"Yeah, we have been in the Guardian and Boy George
wrote an article about us in the Sunday Times. We got single
of the week in NME."
genre is your music?
Id rather not put a genre on it."
you have an image?
dont try to dress, but we try to out-do each other by
who can get the tightest jeans."
interview went well and I was happy with the results. The lads
are really great and definitely have what it takes to go far.
After the interview I sat in their tour bus and watched their
first music video. It's truly amazing, and very entertaining,
so watch your TV screen because you might be seeing Black Wire
"I stood at the front, so I could take some action photos
but I did not expect what I saw. These guys were amazing,
and their stage act was fantastic. I could not take my eyes
off them as they kept the audience interested at all times.
Daniel, who seemed like a down-to-earth guy went crazy on
stage and his moves were great as he slammed down his mike
and sang on the floor. Tom and Simon moved just as fast and
had exactly the same stage presence which was fantastic as
it made them all out as the front man. Their songs were such
a mix and every single one had a different rhythm and beat.
I would definitely recommend this band; they know what they're
talking about and have the determination and talent to go
Wire are Daniel (vocals), Tom (bass) and Simon (guitar).
more information on the band check out their website
and their single is out on Monday 23rd August called 'Hard
to love, Easy to Lay' - well worth getting, the song is amazing!