What: Wire Faces
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230
More info: hi-dive.com
It’s all work and all play for Wire Faces, because for them, they’re very much one in the same.
To hear guitarist Ian Haygood tell it, they hardly ever stop writing and they’re always recording something. What fills the spaces in between is improvising and performing. Whatever you call it, all of these things sort of blend together, too.
“It’s been quite a unique experience. We had some unfortunate occurrences along the way, but that sort of thing happens and really I think it inspires us to just keep going,” Haygood said. “Ultimately we just have fun. We have fun when we write. A lot of what we write actually stems from improv. We haven’t seen in each other in a week and we’ll sit down in a room and just start playing.”
That’s how most of the three-piece Denver band’s Feb. 2013 album King Cataract came to be. From that, you’d think Wire Faces is a jam band, but they’re not. They’ve got more of an experimental post-punk thing going on. Ideas just happen to be particularly serendipitous, which is probably why it always sounds like they’re having fun.
“I know that the song ‘Replicator’ — Shane (Zweygardt) and Menyus (Borocz) were tapping on their legs and humming and Menyus was playing the piano, and we really liked that sort of spontaneous thing that they did and recorded it.” Haygood said. “Me and Menyus transposed some of the vocals and piano line into a guitar line, just replicated it. That one basically came into fruition from random leg taps and notes on a piano that was out of tune and just humming.”
So, instead of extended jams making their way into songs (or songs turning into extended jams), Wire Faces has been plucking moments out of the chaos, then elaborating and refining.
“Maybe we jam for three minutes, and within that three minutes, there’s 30 seconds of gold,” Haygood said.
The band, like so many others, is currently in the market for a better place to do this. Haygood, inspired by the dearth of rehearsal space and an incident in which Wire Faces was robbed, has a major hand in creating the place. Along with SpokesBuzz’s Julie Sutter and Angel Kwiatkowski, who runs a co-working space, he started the quest for a shared rehearsal space in Fort Collins.
The project, called Cohere Bandwidth, enlisted the help of several others and began sending out surveys and holding focus groups with musicians to learn what they would pay, where the space should be and what they would expect from it. Now they’re trying to raise money through communityfunded.com to get a temporary spot and test the idea out.
“All of these musicians have nowhere to practice, at least that’s safe. And as long as there’s power and a door and lights, we’re fine. But for an affordable price you could create something that’s more quality and much more safe,” Haygood said. “We want it to be sort of a community-driven space.”
For now, Wire Faces gets it done where and when they can, which seems to be just about anywhere. And though it’s only been half a year since they released King Cataract, they’ve got new songs ready to go, ready to play live.
“We’re experimenting more with the spectrum of sound we can create with three people and the dynamics of that,” Haygood said. “We’re also trying not to spend too much time toiling over songs. In the past, I think we’ve ruined songs because we spent so much time changing things. One out of four times, a complete overhaul might work, but sometimes all of a sudden a song doesn’t have a personality, and one of the things we’re really trying to concentrate on is finding the personality of a song.”
He’s hoping it’ll all be ready for an EP release this fall, but for now, hear the new and the old when Wire Faces plays the hi-dive on Friday.