Front man Matthew Melton of Bare Wires seemed to care about two things; writing hook heavy garage songs and taking these songs on the road every chance he could get. Whether he was touring the U.S. with Thee Oh Sees, opening for Mark Sultan in Europe, or playing a house show somewhere inbetween, the band just never stopped.
Yet, after spending the last three years being the uncontested kings of the road, Bare Wires are dead. The Oakland staple crumbled during SXSW this year. After failed performances one member ended up hospitalized and another MIA. Melton packed up the van and headed home, knowing that Bare Wires had run its course.
From the ruins of this tour comes the last Bare Wires record. The album unintentionally takes us through the Bare Wires timeline. Melton’s influences unfold from his early worship of Stooges/Gories to the later imprints of Glam/Power Pop-heavy records recalling T-Rex and Gary Glitter.
Although it may not have been evident while churning out these final bittersweet songs that this would be the end of Bare Wires. Melton certainly made it count. From the ashes of Bare Wires comes Melton’s final masterpiece, Idle Dreams.