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Wire have been in studio with STEVE ALBINI this month recording seven tracks, one of which is ‘He Knows’, a brand new song.

The tracks are expected to surface later this year through Wire‘s web based label [url=], and will mark the band’s first brand new material since ‘The First Letter’ in 1991.

The three-day session, recorded at Albini‘s ‘Electrical’ studio in Chicago, was a dream come true for the Shellac and former Big Black mainman.

Speaking about the recording session, he gushed: “Man, oh man, this is great, almost unbelievable for me. Wire was one of major reasons I got into music in the first place. We’ve had some pretty famous bands in here but this is the peak for me, they are playing so great again.”

It’s not the first time Albini and Wire have worked together. Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis from the minimalist punks guested at the last ever Big Black gig in London in 1987. They joined the band onstage to work through the Wire track ‘Heartbeat’.

Albini extended his stay at April’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Camber Sands in order to watch Wire live.

Another big name fan turned up at Wire‘s New York Irving Plaza last Monday (April 15) on what is now the final leg of their ‘revival’ tour.

David Bowie joined the audience in a 10-minute standing ovation following the band’s set.

The band play a three-night stand this weekend at London’s Highbury Garage (May 26, 27, 28) in what they claim is the last chance to hear their older material.

Guitarist Bruce Gilbert has warned:”It’s the last chance to hear those old numbers. We’ve really enjoyed playing them again, and the response has been overwhelming but we are not a punk cabaret act. If we do anything else it would have to include mostly new material, so we’ve no real plan after The Garage.”