Graham Lewis of Wire

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Ryan Smith, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith

    Aug 29, 2006
    Hey all,

    Not sure if there's many Wire fans on here.

    Just thought I'd share as I'm on tour with Wire right now as their merch guy.

    Snapped a shot of his pedalboard a few days ago when we were at the Detroit contemporary arts museum for the first gig of their current American tour.


    He also has a boss bass EQ and a proco rat II not shown.

    He's playing a black American Fender jazz into an Ampeg SVT Classic into an Ampeg 810 with an SVT III pro as a back up (which has been getting used a lot lately because the classic has been cutting out).
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  2. LordDog


    Jun 25, 2013
    Norwich UK
    Sad to see nobody has replied to this since you posted it :crying:

    I am a long time Wire fan; saw them on Friday night (19th September) at Norwich Arts Centre and they were electric! Man those guys can make some noise; and what a fantastic noise it is. Loved gig I've been to in ages. Apart from the usual suspects moaning that they didn't play Pink Flag and Chairs Missing in their entirety, everyone else there was really into it, and had a great night.

    Anyway, Graham was awesome on bass, but no surprises there. Thanks for giving him a well deserved mention on TalkBass :D
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  3. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    So many great British bass players from that era.

    Graham Maby
    Bruce Foxton
    Bruce Thomas
    Peter Hook
    Ali McMordie
    Steve Hanley (I play in a Fall cover band, love it)
    etc., etc., etc.
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  4. LordDog


    Jun 25, 2013
    Norwich UK
    ^ ^ ^ Agreed! Bruce Foxton is another particular fave of mine :)
  5. Groovin-G


    Jan 29, 2017
    Ontario, Canada

    Neat to see his pedalboard - thanks for posting that many moons ago. :D

    I just watched this small concert performance (followed by the interview at the end):

    Wire - On the Box (live at rockpalast 1979)

    I particularly enjoyed watching what Graham goes into & what's going on around 38:40 - 41:45 - pretty cool for 1979 punk / post punk. :)


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  6. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    “154” is one of my all time favorite albums, as well as the other two ‘early’ ones(the live album was a little disappointing). I certainly enjoyed the mid-80’s comeback stuff, but I thought they were chasing after New Order a little too much. The early Newman solo titles were great too. Got to see them live finally in the late 90’s.
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  7. berlihe


    Jan 16, 2014
    Bump for a shot in the dark ... Ryan, are you still on tour with them by any chance? I see (on youtube) that Graham has been playing an Eastwood EEB-1. Do you know if he's used it on any recordings? Just curious how it sounds in the wild, not many sound samples out there.