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Wire Faces

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | SELF

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | SELF
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"Wire Faces, “Matter Of The Fact”"

Is that Washington D.C.’s glory days calling? Or is that just Fort Collins’ Wire Faces? It’s easy these days to be saddled with a Fugazi comparison—just as long as the guitars are angular and the vocals are strained—but on the new “Matter Of The Fact” Wire Faces prove that there’s more to that snap judgment than just wishful thinking. Of course, the track also touches on Nation Of Ulysses’ unhinged mania and Faraquet’s straightforward melodicism, as well as embraces the rough-and-tumble pop-punk that Wire Faces’ hometown has exported for more than a decade. The full self-titled album is due May 4 on Denver’s Bocumast Records, although it’d be just as at home spiritually on the Dischord catalog. - The Onion AV Club


"Wire Faces Album Review"

Trying to find the right band name? Here’s a tip: Take a trip to Village Vidiot and carouse the store’s ridiculous collection of b-horror videotapes. The right title will pop out soon enough. It’s likely that Wire Faces came to their name through other means, but it might as well have come from Vidiot’s archives, slotted in-between “Surfer Blood” and “Crocodiles.”
The FoCo trio is the conglomeration of Ian Haygood and Shane Zweygardt (both formerly of The Jimi Austin) with Budapest transplant Menyus Borocz. On first spin of their self-titled debut, their solid rock sensibilities become apparent. Superb guitar melodies are the core of Wire Face’s efforts. The hooks are spot-on. “Helium Riders” might be the best of them, its guitar lines tense and cruising. The far more haze-filled “Matter of the Fact” is also worthy of mention, where Haygood lets his notes stretch out in a somber psychedelic sequence.
From behind the drums, Zweygardt takes to the mic with modest success. He’s got volume and a little bit of range to show for on “Portable Castles,” his desperation balancing out full-sized drum fills.
The world of Wire Faces is decidedly dark.
Haygood sings of “thousands running” on “War Babies” and topics elsewhere include thievery in the name of God, the American Way (“Robbery”) and the unattended end of an unseen existence
(“Here Lies A Man”). A thin lining of experimentation feeds the bleakness, including a bonus end-game noise freakout.
Solid from beginning to end, Wire Faces’ debut casts off into strange new territory in the Colorado scene. - Scene Magazine


"Meet Wire Faces, one of the bands birthed from the Jimi Austin"

For three and a half years, the Jimi Austin was one of Fort Collins's most celebrated acts —and that whole time, there was tension brewing within the band. Frontman Chris Anderson wanted to explore a more laid-back approach to songwriting, while guitarist Ian Haygood and drummer Shane Zweygardt were pushing for a more progressive sound.


Game faces: Ian Haygood (from left), Menyus Borocz and Shane Zweygardt are Wire Faces.
Details
Wire Faces CD-release show, with Achille Lauro, Astrophagus and Milton Melvin Croissant III, 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, Meadowlark, 2701 Larimer Street, $5, 303-293-0251.
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"I feel like you can hear it in the Jimi Austin songs," Haygood notes. "It was kind of conflicting directions, where you've got this singer-songwriter dude and then you've got a couple of guys who really want to rock behind him. I think that we all learned a lot in that band, and it was a great experience. I was glad all of it happened."

The tension was relieved when Anderson headed to Africa with his then-fiancé, who had joined the Peace Corps; the move led to the Jimi Austin's calling it quits. Anderson eventually returned and formed Fierce Bad Rabbit, while Haygood and Zweygardt formed Wire Faces with bassist Darren McFarland six months after the Jimi Austin parted ways.

"We came out of it and went the direction that Shane and I had initially intended to go," says Haygood. "It's cool, because it's like there are no compromises. We just do whatever the fuck we want. It's perfect. We're not fighting about every song. It doesn't take us months and months to put a song together because everyone's ego is involved. Things just seem to happen a little bit easier in this band, especially being a three-piece. I really like the three-piece."

When the trio first started out, Haygood says, they didn't have a super-specific sound in mind. "Ultimately we just wanted to keep it upbeat and really kind of powerful and energetic," he explains. "We want people to dance and have a good time. We want it to be fun. I think that was the initial goal: Just play fun, upbeat, energetic rock and roll in our own way, our own interpretation of it, but stay experimental and be as weird as possible when you can."

Drawing on everything from kraut-rock pioneers Can and the Police (Zweygardt's fierce and precise drumming recalls Stewart Copeland's) as well as At the Drive-In and Mars Volta, Wire Faces creates the sort of post-punk that ends up sounding like Gang of Four meets Fugazi. The influences are readily apparent on the band's new self-titled album, due out on the Bocumast imprint this week.

The trio, now with new bassist Menyus Borocz on board, spent the last six months recording the album in three separate recording studios — with Brian Gerhard at Audio Loom (formerly Helmet Room) in Denver and Jason Larson at Backbone and Pig Pen Studios in Loveland.

"It was kind of an experiment," Haygood says of working in the different studios. "We wanted to get different sounds from different people. It ended up being quite the fucking nightmare because we were switching platforms; we went from Cubase to Pro Tools. It wasn't pretty. Some major tracks got lost. It was kind of a grueling process, but it was a lot of fun, and it gave us a lot of time to experiment with different ideas and different sounds."

The tunes got a little edgier once Haygood and company started working on the tracks in the studio. "As we were recording, a different sort of energy was developing," he says. "We hadn't really done any recording before as a band. We did one recording with our previous bassist, Darren. We hadn't really recorded with Menyus yet. It was like the three of us together; I think it got a little edgier and a little more aggressive. But I like it. I like the attitude."

The album's powerful opener, "Count to Three," undoubtedly has that attitude, in addition to some string parts composed by Borocz, who has a music degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Cellist Martina Grbac from Matson Jones plays on that cut, as well as on "Robbery."

Zweygardt's drumming kicks off "Two Ton Satellite," which began as a riff in the studio. "Shane just kind of played it out and we recorded it and we just sort of built a song around it," Haygood recalls. "I actually really like the way that turned out, and that was the one that had the least amount of thought put into it. We just kind of cracked it out."

Since the band has been together for about a year — about half of that with Borocz — Wire Faces is gradually getting more comfortable improvising within the songs in a live setting.

"A lot of times what we do now is prolong intros and outros or something, or just do something weird on the spot," Haygood points out. "As far as messing around within the songs, I think we're just getting a little more comfortable doing that. It takes time getting to know ourselves as players.

"Obviously, Shane and I know each other really well," he adds, "but putting Menyus in the mix was a totally different thing than playing with Darren. It's not that we're not open to changing things live; it's just coming around slowly. But that's the plan. We're all big into improvising."
While Wire Faces' new album is solid all the way through, it's live where the act really shines, as evidenced by its recent performance at the FoCoMx, a Northern Colorado music showcase sponsored by the Fort Collins Music Association. "There was a line out the door the whole time we were playing." Haygood says. "It was totally packed, and there were windows behind us where we were playing. I just kept seeing people that I knew in line who kept flipping me off because they couldn't get in."

Haygood moved to Denver from Fort Collins about a year ago, while Borocz and Zweygardt are still living up north. The band is trying to have a presence in both cities, which means a lot of driving for Haygood, who drives the hour and a half up north at least once a week for rehearsal, maybe two or three times if they're prepping for a big show.


Game faces: Ian Haygood (from left), Menyus Borocz and Shane Zweygardt are Wire Faces.
Details
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"But it's cool," he says. "It's totally worth it for me. I really give a shit about it, and I really want to make it work. I feel really lucky to be playing with Shane and Menyus. I'm not trying to waste anybody's time.

"When we were in the studio," he goes on, "I was driving like crazy. I'd basically be at work or in the studio or practicing. I work in Denver and was driving back and forth, like, every day. I put some major miles on my car during the making of the album, that's for sure." - Denver Westword


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Wire Faces - Self Titled LP 2010

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Formed in late 2008, Wire Faces is the brainchild of guitarist Ian Haygood and drummer Shane Zweygardt. In 2009 they added world renowned chef Menyus Borocz on bass, and felt a sudden kinship reminiscent of 80s movies and popcorn, lace and undergarments, or Trivial Pursuit on Sunday. Soon Wire Faces began to bury their previous endeavors in swooping clouds of mysterious neo-retro alternative pervasion. The transition maintained the hearts and minds of past fans, while attracting passionate embraces from new crowds hell-bent on a good time.