Wire To Cut Studio Tracks During U.S. Reunion Tour

Arty punk band also plans to reissue several catalog albums.

Arty punk band Wire will record new studio material during their U.S. reunion tour in May, a Mute Records spokesperson said.

The British band is expected to cut new tracks while in Chicago, according to Mute's Steve Brezenoff. There is no word on when the songs will be released.

"This is the first time they've hit the road planning to do songs

[in concert] from their entire catalog," rather than concentrating on

their latest release, he said.

On April 4, Mute will reissue several Wire albums from the late

'80s and early '90s, including The Ideal Copy (1987), which includes the song "Drill" (RealAudio excerpt); A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck (1988); It's Beginning To and Back Again (1989); Manscape (1990); The Drill (1991); Documents and Witnesses (1991); and The First Letter (1991, originally credited to Wir).

Wire rose from the same mid-'70s British punk scene that gave birth to the Clash and the Sex Pistols. Their debut, Pink Flag, included such tracks as "12XU" and "Strange" and is considered a definitive art-punk statement. The band's work has influenced countless other musicians, including R.E.M., Minor Threat, the Minutemen and Elastica.

Wire broke up in 1980 only to re-form again in 1985, disbanding once more in 1991.

Wire tour dates:

May 2; San Francisco, Calif.; Great American Music Hall

May 3; San Francisco, Calif.; Fillmore

May 4; Los Angeles, Calif.; El Rey Theater

May 6; Seattle, Wash.; Showbox

May 10; Chicago, Ill.; Metro

May 12; Boston, Mass.; The Roxy

May 13; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

May 15; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza