Cross Wires – ‘Interaction : Dislocation’ Review.

Cross Wires – Bethnal Green/Romford, London/Essex, United Kingdom.


Fresh sounds from London AND Essex. Knees up.

Cross Wires tweeted us a little while back after the release of their new EP, Interaction : Dislocation. Four tracks compiled via concoction of old-school Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave via a set of influences you’d struggle to argue with:

Blur, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen, Gang Of Four, Interpol, Joy Division,The Strokes,The Walkmen, Wire, XTC’

The band also released a five-track EP in 2014, which, if you end up digging this, is definitely worth a listen. Back to the task at hand:

Post-Punk is something I have only really dabbled in if I’m honest. However, I was really impressed by this EP. A well executed and varied mix of fresh sounding, yet familiar notes that not only transcends genres, but brings them together.

‘Walking Wounded’ is very much in the middle of their complex sound, Punk rhythms drive an almost Indie guitar structure while the Post-Punk melancholia creates an ironically infectious vibe that you don’t get at first, but won’t want to leave.

‘Last Days Of Rome’ breaks in the New Wave and is it’s own showcase of variety. By far one of the more progressive tracks on the release, track two song is as weird as it is wonderful. I particularly enjoyed this one, as it’s great at showing each band members’ skill at arms.

‘Progress’ combines Punk lyric-vocal-flare with rhythms to match. Much like the former on the EP, track three shows a band committed and adept at their craft.

‘Flesh’ is a tongue and cheek look at modern sex and relationships and the acquisition of such. A composition to make up the dance number of the release, I challenge thee to not enjoy this song.

A nice contrast to the opening track, the final installment had me bobbing along at my desk and around the house, which is dangerous for me as I’m a clumsy sod.

I thoroughly recommend this EP, and to be honest, I was taken back by how much I enjoyed it. Chilled, engaging, progressive and easily it’s own. Any fan of the above genres or simply hook laden, interesting music will enjoy this band.

If my tedious prose has enticed your good selves to listen and get to know this groove (it has plenty) then follow the links below:

  • For updates head to Facebook and Twitter.
  • The important bit… Both the band’s EPs are FREE TO DOWNLOAD which is more than enough reason to head to their bandcamp profile.


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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