B.C. Gilbert / G. Lewis 3R4 on LP
Side Project from Wire Guitarist Bruce Gilbert & Bassist/Vocalist Graham Lewis
In 1980, after three relentlessly creative albums, the members of Wire were at an impasse, unsure of how to push themselves any further as a four-piece rock band. While frontman Colin Newman spent the band’s hiatus mining Wire’s knack for intelligent and contorted pop songs, guitarist Bruce Gilbert and bassist/vocalist Graham Lewis joined forces for a series of experimental projects (Dome, Cupol) where the primary motivating concept was “studio as instrument.”
3R4, the duo’s only LP under the B.C. Gilbert/G. Lewis moniker and the very second album to be released on 4AD, eschews melody and structure in favor of ambient-noise soundscapes, metallic textures and tense moods. If the brief “Barge Calm” tracks appear like sonic exercises, the longer pieces (“3. 4…” and “R”) are true exorcisms, conjuring supernatural found-sounds with the patience and deliberation of (un)holy men.
Play this record loud and try not to think that it is the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch film. This first-time vinyl reissue from Superior Viaduct is recommended for fans of Faust, David Cunningham, and Thomas Leer & Robert Rental’s The Bridge.
B.C. Gilbert / G. Lewis 3R4 Track Listing:
1. Barge Calm
2. 3. 4...
3. Barge Cal