At this year’s SXSW one of the highlights of the week was Ottawa’s White Wires. The trio weren’t reinventing the wheel with their powerpop garage jams, but their songs were so tight and well formed it was like hearing garage rock for the first time again. It was one of those shows where you go in kinda liking a band and then mid-set there’s some kind of conversion/epiphany turning your like into love. Each song that day at the Longbranch tunneled through my auditory canal and bounced around my skull connecting my Nerves, Buzzcocks, Ramones and Buddy Holly synapses and creating a good buzz, though I think the beer could have helped too.
At that point White Wires had an album and a 7 inch to their names. They’ve since added to that collection with the Pogo Till You Puke single and a couple split 7 inches with the Mean Jeans. They’d been promising a second full length record some time this year and delivering on that promise the time has finally come. It’s called WW II and Dirtnap records is doing the honors this time around. It’s twelve songs all under three minutes constructed from three chords, jangle and the hum of some gold old fashioned reverb. There’s no pretense, just infectious garage rock that will have you wishing it was summer again so you could cruise around with the windows down blasting these songs.